“The green flash at sunset is a rare event that many sun-watchers are proud of. Once thought of as a myth, it is now understood that the green flash occurs when the Earth’s atmosphere acts as a prism and lens. The different layers of the atmosphere refract light from the top of the Sun Depending on the height, its colors disperse, create two images and magnify them just enough to make the thin strip appear green before it disappears,” NASA described the phenomenon.
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The successful picture was created during an international photography trip to Cerro Tololo Pan American Observatory in Chile. The capture was largely the result of luck and the flexible response of both photographers.
Both photographers were at the observatory inside An international expeditionin which the Institute of Physics of the University of Silesia in Opava was also involved.
The photo session itself was completely effective. As the sun was nearing the horizon, Peter Horalek realized that a phenomenon called a green flash might be occurring, and he quickly set about setting up his camera.
On the other hand, Tomáš Slovinský immediately began manually focusing the telephoto lens on which the camera was mounted. This fast and fluid collaboration between photographers produced a unique shot in a split second.
“Since the phenomenon lasts only a few milliseconds, we had to react quickly. The last rays of the sun brought us the desired reward. It was not the green flash we expected, but a whole series of very rare and rare green flashes,” added Tomasz Slovinský, co-author of the film.
This is the 12th NASA image of the day he co-authored Opava Institute of Physics.
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