Sun dog spotted in Wiltshire

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A sun dog was spotted in Coombe Bissett on 20th January 2015 at around 9am.

A sun dog can also be known as a parherlion or mock sun and it is caused by ice crystals bending sunlight by different amounts creating the rainbow colours.

Light refracts from the hexagonal ice crystals from cirrus clouds which are the thin wispy clouds formed above 20000ft.

It was not the only sun dog reported on the day – there was also one spotted in West Swindon at around 8.45am.