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    Re: Green flashes
    From: Hanno Ix
    Date: 2009 Aug 5, 20:51 -0700
    Hello:

    We can see Green Flashes here in San Diego, CA, all the time. There is even a beach restaurant in Pacific Beach with this name. In the lobby, they have many beautiful pictures of green flashes.

    Beach goers sit regularly in front of the restaurant with a glass of wine and observe the sun setting over the horizon far away in the Pacific Ocean. Being Californians, they applaud enthusiastically when a green flash occurs.

    Close by, the City erected a monument next to the beach explaining in simple but accurate terms the phenomenon.

    I knew there must be a blue flash shortly after the green one, but I never saw it. I thought it just me just too short to be observable. However, my son, an Air Force pilot, claims to have seen it from the air.

    Your pictures show me for the first one the existence of the Blue Flash - very beautiul photographs!

    Regards


    --- On Wed, 8/5/09, Scott Owen <netbsd21---.com> wrote:

    From: Scott Owen <netbsd21---.com>
    Subject: [NavList 9379] Re: Green flashes
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 8:31 PM


    Anabasis75---.com wrote:
    > I've seen many green flashes.  A few years ago I had my camera with  its 8
    > frames per second motor drive at the ready for an especially good  one. 
    > There is a bit of camera shake due to the fact that I was on the ship  and the
    > lens was slow, but I was able to capture the sun as it went from yellow  to
    > green to blue/violet.  It was the neatest "green flash" that I've  seen.

    > Saipan was a particularly good place to observe them.  From the  anchorage
    > as 3rd mate I would often see them as the sun set.  Near the  Northern
    > Solstice the sun rose where I could watch it during the AM hours.   I would often
    > see rising green flashes which is a bit more a trick since you  have to be
    > looking exactly where the sun will rise at the correct time.

    > Here are small images of the flashes at sunset.

    Jeremy,
    Very nice pictures.  I have noticed the violet too but it is even more
    rare than the green.

    On several occasions while flying in the pacific, I saw the green flash
    and tried to "show" my copilot and crew.  Just before the green flash I
    alerted the copilot and crew to watch.  I saw it and they did not.  I
    described the phenomenon to them again, climbed up in altitude to the
    point where the upper limb was in view again and we could watch the
    green flash yet again.  The second time they saw it.  We climbed again
    and saw it twice more before calling it quits.  Yes, we started at a low
    altitude and had to climb several thousand feet to see the green flash
    more than once over the course of 15 minutes.

    -Scott




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