Miraged Sunset and Green Flash

Represented By: David Malin


Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Western Australia - Australia


As the Sun sets in Western Australia in this two exposure image, the layers of different temperature in the atmosphere creates a distorted image of the sun. As the sun's image sinks through these layers it is miraged into fantastical ever changing shapes. Just as the top of the second exposed sun, seconds before the sunset, the Green Flash atmospheric phenomena is visible. Difficult to observe, the momentary green flash above the rising or setting sun has been documented as a phenomenon caused by the atmospheric bending or refraction of sunlight. Like a weak prism, the Earth's atmosphere breaks white sunlight into colors, bending red colors slightly and green and blue colors through increasingly larger angles. When the sky is clear, a green flash just above the sun's edge can sometimes be seen for a second or so, when the sun is close to a distant horizon. David Miller/David Malin Images

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