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Sun Dogs Light Up the Sky

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It's not a good day for pets to be outside, but some sun dogs seem to be barking for attention from the sky.

Here's her story on a sunny silver lining that can come from the cold.

It's not exactly a great day for standing outside longer than you have to.

"Freezing!" says Paige Moser, Bismarck State College student.

And you normally should probably not look directly at the sun, but when mother nature creates something like this, it's hard not to stare.

"I didn't even look up into the sky until now, holy cow, that's beautiful." says Paige Moser.

"Oh yah, I actually took an astronomy class for this." says Alex Keigly, student.

What we have learned from our own KX Meteorologists is that these sun dogs are reflections of the sun, similar to rainbows.

Instead of shining through water, they are shining through ice crystals.

You only see them when the conditions are right, most often when it's really cold.

Which explains why you may have seen them often this winter!

It's been below zero more often than many of us would like.

"That just means it's going to be colder and a lot more windier again..."

While not everyone is impressed with sun dogs, the weather phenomena mostly captured in very cold conditions is heating up on social media.

"It's like a rainbow behind the sun, I guess, I don't know how to explain that." says Hornberger.

"I don't even know how to explain it it's beautiful, it's like the sun reflecting off the earth and then the light shining bright, I don't even know!" laughs Moser.

"It looks like we have two suns." says Jordyn Hornberger.

By afternoon, the sun dogs are gone, all the more reason to catch them, while you can.

"I think it's pretty cool, I don't get to see it that often though, I'm usually inside all day." says Keigly.

"It is like a rainbow, but I don't know, it's just, it's crazy." says Moser.

Check out what it does to the camera when you shoot directly at the sun.

There's a whole lot of reflecting going on there.

Too Tall Tom says he saw a sun dog in the summer one time, although that is much more rare.

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