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Green Flash Sequence

I got out for sunset tonight and got a nice green flash sequence.  The Sun was setting behind a mountain.  Look at the right side of the Sun as it sets in the following sequence.

Unfortunately, I got distracted a few minutes later at sunset and missed the potential last green flash (bugs started biting pretty fierce at just the wrong moment).

Again, you can see this from anywhere…half the battle is just showing up and looking.


August 9, 2010 - Posted by | Atmospheric Physics, Green Flash, Observing, Photography


  1. Even with out the green flash, these are some amazing sunset shots!

    Comment by Matt Katzenberger | August 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. Look at the green to the right of the mountain peak. That’s a green flash! When the Sun sets behind a mountain, you can frequently get multiple flashes as it sets behind different peaks and valleys. I have seen this several times, both naked eye and photographs I have taken.

    I was complaining about the fact that I missed the green flash that may have occurred later when the left side of the Sun disappeared. Can’t get ’em all.

    Comment by halfastro | August 9, 2010 | Reply

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