Sun Plunging into the Mist and Sea

June 24, 2022

Sole e foschia

Photographer: Emanuele Nifosì

Summary Authors: Emanuele Nifosì; Cadan Cummings

Shown above is the setting Sun captured as it passed through a thick layer of clouds and mist on the horizon. The vibrant hues of sunset and sunrise are a product of atmospheric scattering. When the Sun is low to the horizon, the incoming sunlight must pass through a greater amount of our atmosphere. During these times of the day, shorter wavelengths of light (violet, blue, green) are more strongly scattered out of sight compared to the longer wavelength hues (orange and red). Looking closely at the solar disk, it is also possible to appreciate, without a filter, the sunspot AR 2976 at 12 o'clock. Always protect your eyes and optics when viewing the Sun. Photo taken on March 24, 2020, at around 6:19 pm local time. 

Photo details: Nikon D700, Skywatcher ED 50, Hyperion 17mm, ISO 1600, exp 1/400 sec. 


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