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Brilliant sun dog makes appearance over Seattle

Brilliant sun dog makes appearance over Seattle
Photo of sun dog taken from Seattle Center area on Dec. 28, 2012.

It'd make sense that after such a long absence, once the sun returned to Seattle it'd put on a bit of a show.

This sun halo was captured from the Seattle Center area Friday morning (5th and Broad to be exact. Guess I was lucky I missed that left turn light and had to wait a few minutes).

The rainbow effect is caused by the ice crystals in the high clouds refracting the sun's light. There is more information at the University of Illinois-Champaign website on how these beautiful light shows are formed.