posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 11:26 AM
Originally posted by wildespace
I don't know of any types of mirage that would crate an image to the side of the actual object.
I still go with the lens reflection / flare.
I agree with your first statement but not your second.
This type of mirage is easy to explain with a second sun on top:
Now back to the side by side sun images. Lens reflection/flare has a problem. Find me an example of a lens flare where the reflection is equal in
brightness to the original image. You can't, it doesn't happen. So that rules out that one image is the sun and the other image is a reflection. The
sun doesn't appear anywhere else in that image nor apparently off the image. So that seems to rule out both the double sun images as reflection.
That leaves the most likely explanation as some kind of unusual atmospheric refraction.
One possibility is some kind of thermal forming the dark part up the middle splitting the sun into two images.
Another possibility is, the sun has already set, and both images are separate refracted images of the sun, though this second option would be easily
checked if we knew the exact time of the recording and compared it to the exact local time of sunset for that day. How can the sun appear when it's
below the horizon? Just look at the image I posted, that's how it happens.
And why did someone post something from Phage about a sun dog and not source the quote? I have to imagine Phage can tell this isn't a sun dog, enough
other posters figured that out. Sun dogs have a 22 degree angle. The OP image doesn't.