Monday, October 24, 2011

How About a Yellow Flash?

I have posted a lot of pics of green flashes at Sunset (just enter green flash in the search box and you can find out all about them). However, not all flashes at sunset are green. I have photographed blue and purple flashes as well. Tonight, I added another color to the mix.

First, it was a nice omega sunset again. Here are a couple of shots.

The omega sunset occurs when an inferior mirage of the Sun appears to rise up from the horizon to meet the setting Sun. Hence, the resulting shape looks like the greek letter Ω.

Tonight the last little bit of the Sun set leaving behind the very tip of the inferior mirage and it was yellow. You can see this is not connected to the main image of the Sun. Sometimes these flashes are green, tonight I got a yellow flash.

Always watch, you never know what you are going to get!

Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.


Anonymous said...

It looks like a lava lamp in reverse.

OrbsCorbs said...

I'm getting jaded by your flash pictures, hale. I'm not going to be impressed again until you post a rainbow flash

Sassa said...

Hale..Tho I am usually not interested in 'the sky' I do enjoy your comments/pictures. They are interesting and to the point..not full of words I have to look up in the dictionary. LOL
Thank you. Also any pics of the aurora thingy we could have seen last nite? We had cloud cover but the TV said it was seen all the way south to Virginia.

hale-bopp said...

Unfortunately, Sassa, I am in Florida right now. Even Tucson would have been too far south. I probably won't get a lot of aurora pics just because I spend too much time too far south.