Remarkable Pics Of A Sunrise During A Solar Eclipse Appear As The Sea Has Horns

Photographer and amateur astronomer Elias Chasiotis was observing the annular solar eclipse on December 26 when he snapped amazing images of dawn resembling red devil horns. Chasiotis, knowing that the eclipse would be visible from Qatar at daybreak, went from Athens to the coastal city of Al Wakrah to photograph the "ring of fire" emerging from the sea.

“The Moon is the black circle at the top of the atmospherically-reddened Sun—but so is the dark peak just below it,”  explains NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day “This is because the Earth's atmosphere had an inversion layer of abnormally warm air along the way, which worked like a massive lens and generated a second image.”

Chasiotis' placement was not by chance. He purposefully chose Al Wakrah because he knew the eclipse would begin at dawn and hoped that his position above the water would produce a mirage. When it occurs during regular dawn, this atmospheric optical phenomenon is known as the Etruscan Vase effect. The optical illusion was called for the shape it creates by great science fiction writer Jules Verne.

While Chasiotis was unhappy not to be able to view the entire annular solar eclipse—in which the moon covers the sun leaving just a ring of fire visible—he is more than delighted with what he caught that day. “During the eclipse, the emotion was out of this world,” he adds “The crescent sun rose with a rich crimson hue that reminded me of burning coal. Initially, two horns could be seen emerging from the sea, which eventually acquired the shape of a crescent. The obvious distortions made it appear much lovelier! An annular eclipse, sometimes "the ring of fire," followed because the moon was not close enough to the Earth to completely block out the sun. Unfortunately, clouds obscured my view, causing me to miss the annular phase. When the eclipsed sun emerged through the clouds, it was no longer a crescent. Despite missing the main event, I was so pleased by the dawn that I didn't care.”

On June 21, 2020, Chasiotis will have another chance to see an annular solar eclipse, which should be visible across areas of Africa, Pakistan, northern India, and China.

An amazing illusion happened during the partial annular solar eclipse in December 2019.

Elias Chasiotis, an amateur astronomer, was there to photograph it when the illusion dissipated and the sun rose as a partly veiled crescent.

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