Definitions for: Parhelion

[n] a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals

Webster (1913) Definition: Par*hel"ion, n.; pl. Parhelia. [L. parelion, Gr.
?, ?; ? beside + ? the sun.]
A mock sun appearing in the form of a bright light, sometimes
near the sun, and tinged with colors like the rainbow, and
sometimes opposite to the sun. The latter is usually called
an anthelion. Often several mock suns appear at the same
time. Cf. Paraselene.

Synonyms: mock sun, sundog

See Also: place, spot, topographic point

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