‘Devil’s horns’ sunrise photos went viral and it’s 100% real!!! Photography enthusiast Elias Chasiotis had spent the last days of 2019 in Qatar and they were definitely worth the trip. You see, during one of these days, a solar eclipse was underway as the Sun began rising above the horizon, making it look like a devil rising from the waters. And Chasiotis captured it all.

The Sun Looks Like The Devil as Man Photographs Solar Eclipse In Qatar

A quick last minute's visit to Qatar for the annular eclipse of the sun of 26 December 2019. The annular phase was blocked by clouds, but the red crescent sunrise was the most awesome sunrise i've ever seen! Elias wrote on Facebook.

The Sun Looks Like The Devil as Man Photographs Solar Eclipse In Qatar

The only problem was that I missed the annular phase of the eclipse (“the ring of fire”) due to the clouds. When the sun reappeared, it was a crescent again. Despite being clouded for the main part of the eclipse, I felt very rewarded.

“Astronomy has attracted me since I was a kid,” Chasiotis said. “I’ve been an amateur astrophotographer for the last 15 years as well. I took these photos in the coastal city of Al Wakrah, Qatar, on the morning of December 26, 2019, when an annular eclipse was in progress.”


The Sun Looks Like The Devil as Man Photographs Solar Eclipse In Qatar

Now, I am looking forward to the next annular eclipse in June 2020 and the next total solar eclipse in December 2020. Total solar eclipses are the most awesome sights in nature.”

The images aren’t results of pure chance and luck. Chasiotis intentionally chose a place with the open horizon where he got a perfect view of the eclipsed sun emerging from the sea. “I hoped that optical effects like inferior mirage would be visible and I was lucky enough to capture them,” he said. “The weather conditions didn’t look good in the beginning as there was a lot of haze and low clouds in the southeast.”

The Sun Looks Like The Devil as Man Photographs Solar Eclipse In Qatar

The photographer used the Sony A7 II mirrorless camera and the Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens to capture the breathtaking sight. “I opted for a high ISO, low shutter speed and continuous shooting, as I intended to catch the airplanes and seagulls in the frame as well.”

“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. 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.'”

The Sun Looks Like The Devil as Man Photographs Solar Eclipse In Qatar

A solar eclipse occurs when a portion of the Earth is engulfed in a shadow cast by the Moon which fully or partially blocks sunlight. This occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned. Such alignment coincides with a new moon indicating the Moon is closest to the ecliptic plane.

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