The Green Flash

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Outdoor Activities, Science
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SCIENCE NEWS

I was rolling through FACEBOOK when I came across this photo and short article. I am a science enthusiast and love ANYTHING about our planet Earth.

The famed and elusive Green Flash is a rare meteorological phenomenon that occurs at sunset and sunrise. During these times, the sun’s light travels through more of the earth’s atmosphere to reach your eye, creating a prism effect. Yeah, the explanation is definitely more dull than many of the maritime legends surrounding the phenomenon, but consider yourself very lucky if you’re able to witness this event.

The flash only happens for a fraction of a second

To increase your chances, watch the sun set (or rise) over a long and uninterrupted horizon on a very clear day. The ocean horizon works well for this, as will a prairie, or the horizon line while inside an airplane. The flash lasts only a fraction of a second, so don’t blink!

 

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