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News 5 viewer captures 'sun pillar' and 'sun dogs' outside her farm in North Canton

From an ice crystal halo
Posted at 10:01 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 10:10:39-05

STARK COUNTY, Ohio — A News 5 viewer captured a stunning photo of what Power of 5 meteorologist Trent Magill called sun dogs.

Viewer Julie Snyder captured a rainbow at her farm outside North Canton-Alliance.

Magill said there is actually a lot going on in this photo.

What you see is an ice crystal halo or a 22-degree halo.

The light from the sun is refracting off of ice crystals in the air forming that halo. The bright spots on the left and right are called sun dogs, which is an atmospheric optical phenomenon that consists of a bright spot to one or both sides of the sun.

The vertical line is a sun pillar.

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