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Claude Francois Menestrier - Phantom Suns, “La Philosophie des Images”, 1682.

Mock Suns or Phantom Suns (meteorological name Parhelia), are an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a pair of bright spots on either horizontal side on the Sun, often co-occurring with a luminous ring known as a 22° halo. Phantom Suns are a member of a large family of halos, created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere. Phantom Auns typically appear as two subtly colored patches of light to the left and right of the Sun, approximately 22° distant and at the same elevation above the horizon as the Sun. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Phantom Suns are best seen and are most conspicuous when the Sun is close to the horizon.