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‘THREE SUNS’ appear in the sky of a Chinese city for hours due to a rare natural phenomenon

‘THREE SUNS’ appear in the sky of a Chinese city for hours due to a rare natural phenomenon

  • Residents of China’s northernmost city woke up this morning to the spectacle
  • The images show what looks like three suns hanging in the sky at the same time
  • The illusion is created when light passes through ice crystals in a certain way

Residents of a Chinese city were amazed to see what looked like three suns hanging in the sky at the same time.

The optical illusion lasted three hours this morning in Mohe, the most northerly city in the country near the Russian border.

The spectacle is caused by a natural phenomenon known as ‘sun dogs’ and is rare in China, according to experts.

A photo shared by the provincial meteorological authority shows two phantom suns appearing to the left and right of the actual sun this morning in Tuqiang town in Mohe, China.

A photo shared by the provincial meteorological authority shows two phantom suns appearing to the left and right of the actual sun this morning in Tuqiang town in Mohe, China.

The stunning scene took place from 6:30 am to 9:30 am in Mohe town of Tuqiang. Mohe is part of the Daxing’anling region in the northeastern Heilongjiang Province.

It was one of the longest-lasting sun dogs in the area in recent years, Daxing’anling Fire Department said in a report. post on social media while sharing a video of the sight.

Pictures and imagery uploaded by the Chinese weather authorities show two bright spots called ‘phantom suns’ appearing to the left and right of the actual sun rising from the sleepy town of 20,000 residents.

The stunning scene took place on Thursday from 6:30 am to 9:30 am in Tuqiang Town

The stunning scene took place on Thursday from 6:30 am to 9:30 am in Tuqiang Town

Photos shared by the weather authority show two bright spots called 'phantom suns' around the sun

Photos shared by the weather authority show two bright spots called 'phantom suns' around the sun

The stunning scene took place on Thursday from 6:30 am to 9:30 am in Tuqiang Town. Photos shared by the weather authority show two bright spots called ‘phantom suns’ around the sun

Sun dogs happen when sunlight passes through high-altitude ice crystals into cirrus clouds. The phenomenon is also called ‘parhelion’.

Grahame Madge, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said sun dogs can occur anywhere in the world and are always “ intriguing to watch. ”

Mr Madge told MailOnline: ‘Occasionally they can form multi-colored spots – like sections of rainbows – or they can appear as multiple suns in this case.

‘The atmosphere above our heads is constantly changing and often there are interesting things to see for people with the dedication to watch.’

An unusually bright moon can create the same effect, but it is “very rare,” he said the Met Office.

The spectacle took place in Mohe (seen above in a file photo), China's northernmost city

The spectacle took place in Mohe (seen above in a file photo), China's northernmost city

The spectacle took place in Mohe (seen above in a file photo), China’s northernmost city

Chinese meteorological engineer Bian Yun previously told MailOnline that sun dogs are rare in his country.

Mr. Bian, who works for China Meteorological Administration, commented on the illusion in a 2019 interview: “ There are many hexagonal ice crystals in the semi-transparent, delicate clouds of the sky.

“Every now and then they will be fine and horizontal in the air and when sunlight shines on these ice crystals, such an irregular reflection will occur.”

Residents of a town in Xinjiang in northwestern China were treated to a similar sight one afternoon in December last year. A few fake suns brought a beautiful halo to the small town of Khorgas on an otherwise biting cold day.

THE HISTORY OF SUNDOGS

The strange phenomenon was first known by Aristotle between 384 and 322 BC.

The Greek philosopher wrote, “Two false suns rose with the sun and followed it all day long until sunset.” He noted that they were always on the side of the sun and never rose above or below it.

The poet Aratus, who lived between 310 and 240 BC. Lived, she mentioned in his catalog of weather signs, saying they indicated wind, rain, or an approaching storm, while Artemidorus, a second-century fortuneteller, included the phantom suns in his list of heavenly gods.

Sun dogs were sometimes seen as an omen for bad times ahead, such as war, and observations of this appear in ancient texts by Aristotle, Seneca and Cicero, among others. This depiction of sun dogs appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle, an early printed book on world history published in 1493

Sun dogs were sometimes seen as an omen for bad times ahead, such as war, and observations of this appear in ancient texts by Aristotle, Seneca and Cicero, among others. This depiction of sun dogs appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle, an early printed book on world history published in 1493

Sun dogs were sometimes seen as an omen for bad times ahead, such as war, and observations of this appear in ancient texts by Aristotle, Seneca and Cicero, among others. This depiction of sun dogs appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle, an early printed book on world history published in 1493

Roman authors Cicero and Seneca also mention them in their writings.

In later works, it was feared that sundogs were omens of bad times ahead, such as war.

An anthelion is said to have taken place before the Battle of Mortar’s Cross in Herefordshire in 1461 – a major event in the War of the Roses.

Apparently, the Yorkist commander, later Edward IV of England, convinced his frightened troops – who feared the worst – that the event represented the Duke of York’s three sons and that they achieved a decisive victory, as described in William Shakespeare’s King Henry VI.

A powerful anthelion in the summer of 1629 is believed to have influenced René Descartes to write his work of natural philosophy called The World.

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