Residents of Chinese city Mohe were surprised when they spotted what appeared to be three suns hanging in the sky at the same time. The rare phenomenon lasted for about three hours from 6:30 am to 9:30 in Mohe town of Tuqiang.
A video of the “three suns” hanging in the sky at the same time has gone viral on social media. Two bright spots, called “phantom suns” can be seen on the left and right side of the actual sun.
“Three suns appeared in the sky of NE China’s Mohe for hours as the residents were amazed by the natural spectacle, which also known as ‘sun dogs’,” the video is captioned. Watch viral video here:
The video is doing rounds on social media. It has been viewed more than 4,100 times. It has left netizens stunned.
The natural occurrence is called ‘sun dogs’. The optical illusion happens when sunlight passes through high-altitude ice crystals in cirrus clouds. The phantom suns appear at the same altitude above the horizon as the Sun.
It was one of the longest-lasting sun dogs in the area in recent years.
Sun dogs can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but are not always obvious or bright.
This is not the first time that multiple suns were spotted in the sky. In February, people were greeted by ‘five suns’ in the sky in Inner Mongolia in northern China. Back in 2015, a triple sunrise was seen in Chelyabinsk in Russia.