Saturday, March 7, 2015
Unique Scientific Phenomena- A Triple sunrise has been spotted
A triple sunrise has been spotted in a remote Russian city after the presence of tiny ice crystals in the air led to a stunning optical illusion.
Citizens in Chelyabinsk, 80 miles from the country's border with Kazakhstan, awoke yesterday morning to what appeared to be three separate suns on the horizon.
The incredible halo effect - known as a 'sundog' or 'phantom sun' - was actually caused by small pockets of ice suspended in the air, which were themselves created when temperatures plunged below -25 degree C.
The crystals are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye, but they have the effect of refracting the sunlight and making it look like three brightly burning suns.