Novaya Zemlya Effect Sunset
Taken by Mila Zinkova on September 20, 2015 @ San Francisco, California USA
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Date Taken: 2015:09:21 20:56:10
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The first recordings of the Novaya Zemlya (NZ) effect were made during Willem Barents third Arctic expedition in 1597. During polar night three members of the crew suddenly observed the sun on January 24, although it should not have risen until February 8. Then Ernest Shackleton, Fridtjof Nansen and others described the same effect during their polar expeditions. For example Ernest Shackleton described how the sun returned 9 days after its final setting on May 8 (Antarctic winter). In my situation, in California, the effect is never so strong. Were talking about minutes not days. Still it looked, as the sun just did not want to set. It set 5 minutes later than it supposed to. I sent the video to Dr. Andy Young and he explains:
Actually, this is basically
the Novaya Zemlya effect -- though the refraction here isnt very large.
Your images are similar to Nansens drawing of a polar mirage of the Sun.

Heres the video that will provide a better idea about the sunset
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Is this really a case of refraction as Dr Andy Young suggests? Looks more like total internal reflection to me.
Posted by berndb 2015-09-22 16:00:21
Well, I think youre talking about the sun glitter. If it were a reflection what the sun is reflecting from? It is clearly above the ocean (you see a sailboat at the ocean level). Have you ever seen the sun glitter in the sky?
Also have you watched the video?

Does it look as a reflection to you?

And of course, when I do not understand something I tend to ask a specialist, and Dr. Andy Young is the best specialist in atmospheric refraction. I mean I knew it was a refraction, I knew there was a duct, but it was a very rare sunset, and I had to make sure my understanding was correct.

Posted by mila 2015-09-22 19:41:04
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