Videographer Captures Elusive Green Flash At Sunset On Hawaii’s North Shore

When it comes to the green flash at sunset, people fall into one of two camps: those who have seen it with their very eyes and swear by its majesty, and those who say it’s just a figment of our imagination.

Hawaii-based videographer Eric Sterman falls into the former, having recently caught the flash while making a time-lapse video of the sunset on the north shore of Oahu. As the last sliver of sun falls below the horizon — right after a couple of breaching whales make an appearance, because, Hawaii — the video shows a quick green glint:

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A video posted by Eric Sterman (@ericsterman) on Feb 18, 2015 at 6:04pm PST

NASA explains that the sun could flash green before sunrise or after sunset because the atmosphere refracts the sunlight at that angle:

Like a weak prism, the Earth’s atmosphere breaks white sunlight into colors, bending red colors slightly and green and blue colors through increasingly larger angles. When the sky is clear, a green flash just above the sun’s edge can sometimes be seen for a second or so, when the sun is close to a distant —> Read More Here


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