The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

The Kitt Peak Sunset

Not the best green flash tonight, but I got it setting behind the Mayall 4 meter telescope (taken near the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Houghton in Tucson).  That puts Kitt Peak 70 miles away roughly to give a little sense of scale here.

I wasn’t sure I was going to get anything when I set up.  There was a large dust cloud over Kitt Peak.  You can still see a little bit of it in the pics on the left side of the mountain.  Fortunately, these things move and it was moving to give me a shot.  Could have moved a little bit more…would have been better.  But here goes…tonight’s sunset.

Compare the pics to the one from February 3rd.  You can see how far north the Sun has moved in a few days.  Unfortunately, I was unable to take photos on Friday and the weather didn’t cooperate Saturday and Sunday. I will give this another try in the fall when the Sun is making its southward journey.


February 8, 2011 - Posted by | Atmospheric Physics, Green Flash

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