Omega Sunrise

Location of photo
Mataro, Spain
Date/Time of photo
Canon 6D, 1000 mm lense
That’s how I witnessed the Sunrise today in Mataro above waters of the Mediterranean Sea, near Barcelona. The strange shape of the sun, known as Omega Sun, is an atmospheric phenomena in the category of sun mirages. The lower sun is not a reflection from the water. It is an inferior mirage. The lower sun is an inverted image produced by refraction by a layer of warmer and less dense air close to the ocean surface. The current sunspot (2652) is also seen on the face of the sun.
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