Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What's that up in the sky?



Thank you, Dara for pointing at the sky this afternoon!

As the sun was setting, strange bursts of colour were seen above the rain clouds. This was the first time I've seen sun dogs (or what I think are sun dogs). At first, we thought aurora borealis (but we're too far from the poles and it's too early in the day to see that) and then I thought oil spill in the sky (overactive imagination, right?). Or was it a horizontal rainbow? (a what?!?) Then I remembered Dr. Ken McNally mentioning sun dogs.

Whatever that is, the light scattering phenomenon surely livened up our early evening while still in the lab.