Sunset Phenomenon

Geddington was treated to a remarkable sunset last night.

A rare Sunset Pillar appeared in the west – obviously – although sun pillars do happen at sunrise, so they would appear in the east.

“A sun pillar is a halo phenomenon of a vertical shaft of light extending upward or downward from the sun. Typically seen during sunrise or sunset, sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds (e.g. cirrostratus clouds). The hexagonal plate-like ice crystals fall with a horizontal orientation, gently rocking from side to side as they fall. When the sun is low on the horizon, an area of brightness appears in the sky above (or below) the sun as sunlight is reflected off the surfaces of these tipped ice crystals.

Sun pillars are seen best within a few minutes of sunrise or sunset. Initially they have about the same colour and width as the sun, but sun pillars will gradually change their colour from orange-white to red-orange.”

But enough of the science, here are a couple of images taken around 9.30pm

And then, about an hour later the sun pillar had shrunk, but the earth having moved, it can be placed in relation to the village with the silhouette of the church:

I’m fortunate in living on slightly higher ground and with a window facing east, because we’ve had some lovely sunsets recently, but does anyone have images of them? Would you like to display them here on geddington.net? We’d all love to see them!

    4 Comments

    1. Val Bellamy

      Mon 25th Jun 2018 at 12:47 pm

      What a great view of such a phenomenon, Pam . Thanks for sending it. Val

      Reply
      • Pam

        Mon 25th Jun 2018 at 4:24 pm

        Thanks, Pam

        Reply
    2. Hazel Freeman

      Mon 25th Jun 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Like our village of Geddington, beautiful

      Reply
      • Pam

        Mon 25th Jun 2018 at 4:26 pm

        Of course – Pam

        Reply

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