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What could cause this light effect?

  1. Dec 18, 2013 #1
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    Not sure if it is the right forum, but anyways,

    In this image, the sun is to the left. What causes the glow at the middle?
     
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  3. Dec 18, 2013 #2

    jim mcnamara

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  4. Dec 18, 2013 #3

    tiny-tim

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    is that 22° ?
     
  5. Dec 19, 2013 #4
    A sun dog brighter than the sun itself?

    I think it far more likely that behind that ridge you will find a brightly lit shopping mall, athletic field, airfield, or some similar source of light.
     
  6. Dec 19, 2013 #5

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    A shopping mall brighter than the sun itself? I think it is far more likely that the sun is behind the building, and the visible light to the left is the sun dog.
     
  7. Dec 19, 2013 #6

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    that was my conclusion as well

    Dave
     
  8. Dec 19, 2013 #7
    Excellent point. I believe you've nailed it. I was misled by the OP"s assertion that the Sun was the light on the left.
     
  9. Dec 20, 2013 #8
    I'm not convinced it is a sun dog. do a google image search and none look like this. I don't have another explanation though. You would think the centre light to be the Sun though.
     
  10. Dec 20, 2013 #9

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    unfortunately the OP'er hasnt returned

    What I would like to know is ...

    1) Did he/she take the photo or was it found somewhere ?
    2) If they actually took the photo, was it visible to the eye or was it only seen in the photo?
    that would determine if it was an artifact created in-camera ?

    Dave
     
  11. Dec 20, 2013 #10

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    it does look too sharp and defined for a sundog !

    ohh my other thought following from my previous post

    Question 3...

    if the OP'er took the pic, was it taken through a window ?
    if so, there may have been a window on another building out of camera shot, that was reflecting and projecting the sun image onto the window through which the photo was taken ?

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    maybe not valid ... just thinking outside of the box :wink:

    cheers
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  12. Dec 20, 2013 #11
    Thanks for the replies so far.

    I'm pretty sure the light on the left is the sun. It's been very cloudy these days so I can't get a picture.

    Perhaps the glow is simply a break in the clouds?
     
  13. Dec 21, 2013 #12

    tiny-tim

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    what were the time and date?

    what were the latitude and longitude?

    what were the angles of the two objects from south? (and in particular, is the angle between them 22 degrees?)
     
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