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Published: Mar 17, 2016
Cool! Video Of Three Suns Over Russian City; Sundog Optical Illusion
by Toshiba Reynolds


The video below of a rare optical illusion giving the appearance of three suns in the sky has gone viral. The event was caught on video over a Russian city where atmospheric ice crystals have gathered.

The footage shows what appears to be three suns in the horizon over the city of Kazan, but the "suns" on the left and right of the middle one are really optical illusions known as "sundogs."

When the light from the sun is reflected by atmospheric ice crystals, a sundog is created.

This triple sun footage, recorded in January, featured illusion suns a lot larger than those caught on camera over Winnipeg, Manitoba, following a large snow storm in December.

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