Admittedly, the term “sun dog” didn’t bring this image to mind.
And further research failed to reveal why this curious halo effect around the sun is called a “sun dog.”
That said, it sure is a wonder to behold.
Valera Yangurazov was lucky enough to catch the beautiful atmospheric effect during his commute in Moscow where the outside temperature was about 4 below zero.
As for how sun dogs got their name, – the OED claims the term is of “obscure origin.”
Some places have all the luck.
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