from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of parhelion, parhelium.

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  • noun Plural form of parhelion.


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  • Flanking it both left and right were two brilliant, comet-shaped rainbow-colored sun dogs or mock suns (technically known as parhelia from Greek words meaning "beside the sun").

    Morning Ring Around the Sun

  • | Reply matrox had a gaming video card out a few years ago called the parhelia that supported three monitors. if i’m remembering correctly it got creamed by the radeon 9700 in benchmarks and not all games supported it. in quake 3 you had to change your fov to stretch all the way, but you had an almost perfect field of vision.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Three Screens In One

  • Sun Dogs: Also known as parhelia (beside the sun) or mock suns, sun dogs can appear as part of an “ice bow”.

    Celestial Phenomena

  • He wrote to Mersenne that he had decided not to explain “just one phenomenon” (the parhelia), but rather to compose a treatise in which he explained “all the phenomena of nature, that is to say, the whole of physics” (1: 70).

    René Descartes

  • So also the sign of the shadow going back was revealed to Isaiah according to his understanding; that is, as proceeding from a going backwards of the sun; for he, too, thought that the sun moves and that the earth is still; of parhelia he perhaps never even dreamed.

    Theologico-Political Treatise

  • In addition to these main lines of work, many observations of a miscellaneous character were made, including those on the occurrence and nature of parhelia or “mock suns,” which were very common, and generally finely developed, and observations of the auroral displays, which were few and rather poor owing to the comparatively low magnetic latitude.

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • Clear weather followed the gale, and we had a series of mock suns and parhelia.

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • The day was calm, cloudy and misty in the forenoon and clearer in the afternoon, when we observed well – defined parhelia.

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • In addition to Gassendi's interest in parhelia, he also sought to explain apparent discrepancies in the size of the sun and moon at different hours by reference to visual experience produced by light phenomena (De apparente magnitudine ¦, 1642).

    Pierre Gassendi

  • Mary Shelley's day of the optical phenomenon known as parhelia, or "mock suns."

    Note: three suns


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