Sunrise Sequence Observed from Sicily

December 27, 2019


Photographer: Massimo Tamajo
Summary Authors: Massimo Tamajo; Jim Foster

The 12- photo montage featured above shows the progression of sunrise as seen from near Syracuse (Sicily), Italy, looking east over the Mediterranean Sea, on June 6, 2019. Note how the shape of the Sun in the photos at lower left resembles the Greek letter omega and also an Etruscan vase. This indicates that what we’re observing is an inferior mirage. Whenever this form of mirage is reported, a layer of warm air lies just above the sea surface. With inferior mirages the image of the Sun is displaced below its true position. So as the Sun rises, its mirage can on occasion be viewed just below it, where it joins the true Sun, forming a classic omega shape. Be careful to always protect your eyes when looking in the direction of the Sun.

Photo Details: Camera: NIKON D850; Software: NIKON D850 Ver.1.10; Exposure Time: 0.0008s (1/1250); Aperture: ƒ/11.0; ISO equivalent: 64; Focal Length (35mm): 600; Lens: Tamron 150 – 600 mm G2.