Talk:Moon dog

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Rarer than sun dogs?[edit]

The article says moon dogs are rarer than sun dogs. Is it possible this is only true at high latitudes, where sun dogs are more common? I live in Tennessee, and I've seen several moon dogs in my life, but no sun dogs. --Allen 17:17, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Maybe it's because you look at the moon a lot more than you look at the sun. Bobbykwok 21:31, 9 March 2007 (UTC)


The image is a 22° halo rather than a moon dog. Article needs another illustration.

Wel what exactly is the difference? the article implies that they are analogous.. but the caption says that the 22° halo only closely resembles a moon dog. this is quite confusing. Can someone please clarify? thanks Lue3378 13:36, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

Moon dogs are analogous to sun dogs as in they have bright spots to the left and right of the moon. The image is just of a halo without any moon dogs. Also what does 22 degree halo mean? Isn't a halo 360 degrees? Bobbykwok 21:35, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

What does "Moondogs appear as ~22 degree radius halo around the moon (see: wiki on 22 degree halo), halo size to half degree size of moon" mean? It makes no sense and needs rewriting. ~ P-123 (talk) 10:06, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Someone has clarified the image caption (and perhaps changed the image) so I think the illustration is ok now. A moment ago I rewrote that messy degree bit (which probably was just placeholder notes by somebody who forgot to do the actual editing). Micraboy (talk) 14:05, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

Sun Dogs and Moon Dogs on Same Day[edit]

Today we had both a Sun Dog in the late afternoon and then a Moon Dog at night. Seems to make sense since the ice crystals would be cause for both phenomenons. We also live in TN and the weather prediction is for very cold temperature tomorrow.Maharris83 (talk) 03:08, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

Merge with Sun dog? Or better: merge both into Parhelia?[edit]

Basically for the same reasons that there is a merge proposal of Moon ring into 22° halo, predominantly that it is the same exact phenomenon.

Using Parhelia instead of both Moon/Sun dog would make it easier in the future to expand (or merge) the article to other types of parhelia not usually referred to as 'sun dogs': 120° parhelion mostly. (talk) 03:53, 6 April 2012 (UTC)