WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An astronomer was able to capture a photograph of a partial eclipse that eerily looked like an ‘evil sunrise.’
- As the pink sun rose from the sea, it was partly overshadowed by the moon, making it appear like devil horns were rising out from the water.
- The photo was acknowledged by NASA as their Astronomy Picture of the Day for Dec. 28 and titled it “A Distorted Sunrise Eclipse.”
An astronomer recently shared a photograph of an eerie-looking sunrise that seemed to have a hidden sinister meaning.
Elias Chasiotis shared that he flew all the way from Athens to photograph the “ring of fire” in Al Wakrah, Qatar.
Chasiotis told NBC that he had been anxious about getting the shot because of some cloudiness. But the moment he saw the sun rising from the sea “in two pieces,” he took out his camera and got the shot.
He shared the images on a Facebook post, in which he thanked photographer Iakovos Strikis for processing them.
In the picture, the pink sun can be seen overshadowed by the moon as it rises from the sea. The partial eclipse made it look like devil horns were rising from beneath the water.
Some of my recent eclipse images, processed by the friend and professional photographer Iakovos Strikis
Chasiotis recalled the moment to Bored Panda: “I was worried that nothing would come out of the eclipse. However, when the sun finally began to rise, it looked like two separate pieces, some sort of red horns piercing the sea.”
He continued, “It soon took the form of a crescent, with the so-called ‘Etruscan vase’ inferior mirage effect visible. Due to its shape, the phenomenon was nicknamed the ‘evil sunrise.’”
In the image above, the base of the “horns” seemed to flare out, forming the so-called Etruscan Vase shape. The mirage effect is caused by light being bent by the warm air within the Earth’s atmosphere.
The effect is more visible in the image below, at the bottom curve of the sun:
Chasiotis described the phenomenon as “the most stunning sunrise” he has ever seen.
The photo was acknowledged by NASA as their Astronomy Picture of the Day for Dec. 28 and gave it the title “A Distorted Sunrise Eclipse.”