|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
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
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
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,
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