A Strange Sunrise Over Argentina
Why would a rising Sun look so strange? No one is yet sure.
What is clear is that the above unusual sunrise was captured
last month from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The body of water
in the foreground is Rio de La Plata, considered by many to be
the widest river in the world. Although the above image is actually
a combination of a normal and a very short exposure needed to
avoid oversaturating the bright Sun, the photographer saw this
unusual structure with his own eyes, indicating that this effect was
caused by neither reflections nor distortions in the camera or lens.
What looks like arms on this monster illusion might actually be,
for example, low level clouds just thick enough to scatter sunlight
without completely blocking the Sun. Additionally, the distortion
visible on the lower part of the Sun's image might indicate a Etruscan
Vase or Fata Morgana mirage possibly created by a curious refracting
layer of air over the water. Unusual atmospheric phenomena are frequently
thrilling to see personally, and although most can be traced to well known
phenomena, others, for lack of more data, remain mysterious.