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The ephemeral life of a green flash | by Juan-Carlos Munoz-Mateos
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The ephemeral life of a green flash

The ephemeral life of a green flash, a few days ago from Paranal Observatory. The green flash is a phenomenon you can see at sunset or sunrise, if conditions are right, especially if the atmosphere is strongly layered. Part of the Sun’s disk detaches from the upper rim, and acquires a distinctively bright green tint due to atmospheric refraction.


What you see here is a rapid burst of shots taken one after the other. The whole sequence lasted only two seconds! That gives you an idea of how short-lived green flashes are. Have you ever seen one?


Canon 6D + Tamron 100-400mm at 400mm, f/6.3, 1/4000s, ISO100. Edited in Lightroom and Affinity Photo.

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Taken on July 28, 2019