Distorted Sunrise and Green Flash

By: Kwon O Chul


Region: Americas

Site: Northwest Territories - Canada

Date: March 2013

Timelapse video of sunrise in northern Canada shows the distorted view of the sun at the horizon due to strong atmospheric refraction. For a brief moment in the video a little green light at the top of the solar disc appears. 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.

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