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Green and blue solar flash

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Published on Jun 24, 2012

Green flashes at sunset are rare. Blue flashes are rarer still. On the 21st of June 2012 I saw them both in a single sunset, here's a video from that evening.

Music: Chris Zabriskie - The Sun Is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow (http://chriszabriskie.com)

Fact:
Green flashes are formed when the prismatic action of the atmosphere splits the setting sun into basic R-G-B colors. Temperature inversions create a mirage, magnifying the green into an eye-catching flash.

Blues flashes are formed in the same way, but they are generally harder to see than green flashes, because blue flashes blend into the surrounding blue sky. When the air is exceptionally clear, however, the blue flash emerges.

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