mock sun

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mock sun

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mock sun

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(Physical Geography) another name for parhelion
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Noun1.mock sun - a bright spot on the parhelic circlemock sun - a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals; "two or more parhelia are usually seen at once"
maculation, patch, speckle, dapple, fleck, spot - a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"
References in classic literature ?
The sun is alone, except in thick weather, when there sometimes appear to be two, but one is a mock sun. God is alone -- but the devil, he is far from being alone; he sees a great deal of company; he is legion.
Some halos are decorated with bright spots known as sun dogs or mock suns.
Whether it is the complete description of perihelia (mock suns and Lowitz arcs) in China in the seventh century (not discovered in Europe until one thousand years later) or Zhang Heng's (78-139 CE) motive power waterwheel machine that long predated both Newcomen's and Watt's steam engines, the Chinese were far ahead of Europe.