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An Eerie Brightness In The Sky  
User currently offlineBraybuddy From India, joined Aug 2004, 5795 posts, RR: 32
Posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

Just now at sunset (6.15pm), I can see an eerie brightness in the sky which is certainly very strange. I texted a friend in case I was imagining it and he sees it too. Anyone else in Northern Europe notice this?

Light reflecting off ice crystals or something like that?

End of the world?

Any other ideas?

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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9103 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2293 times:
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Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
End of the world?

Any other ideas?

I think the Aliens are approaching!! Big grin

Maybe its northern lights?

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User currently offlineSprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2285 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Just now at sunset (6.15pm),

You have been on a 3 day binge and that is actually sunrise.

Dan in Jupiter


User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2277 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Just now at sunset (6.15pm), I can see an eerie brightness in the sky which is certainly very strange. I texted a friend in case I was imagining it and he sees it too. Anyone else in Northern Europe notice this?

Yup, very very strange!


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2186 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

I didn't notice anything outside a stunningly beautiful sunset. Lovely orange glow everywhere!

There is a slight lighter glow out to the west, but I doubt it's as pronounced here as you're seeing out there. Care to provide a pic?

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

same orange sunset very bright, but it's defiantley dark now.

User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5310 posts, RR: 61
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

I found the sunset in Cambridge to be very strange this evening. Sun went down as usual but then there was a lot of light in the sky 20 or 30 minutes later. Didn't have the time (or was too damn exhausted) to watch further.

J.



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User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5310 posts, RR: 61
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

Yesterday's sunset was absolutely stunning though.


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2256 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
I can see an eerie brightness in the sky which is certainly very strange


It is a star known as the Sun. It is the central body of our solar system, around which the planets revolve and from which they receive light and heat. Its mean distance from the earth is about 93 million miles (150 million km), its diameter about 864,000 miles (1.4 million km), and its mass about 330,000 times that of the earth. Its period of surface rotation is about 26 days at its equator but longer at higher latitudes.

Carry on.


User currently offlineBraybuddy From India, joined Aug 2004, 5795 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2232 times:



Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 4):
There is a slight lighter glow out to the west, but I doubt it's as pronounced here as you're seeing out there. Care to provide a pic?

Too late, it's gone now! But it would have probably looked like an ordinary (if very striking sunset). Hard to describe, it's as if there was an extra glow off the sky.

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 8):
It is a star known as the Sun. It is the central body of our solar system, around which the planets revolve and from which they receive light and heat. Its mean distance from the earth is about 93 million miles (150 million km), its diameter about 864,000 miles (1.4 million km), and its mass about 330,000 times that of the earth. Its period of surface rotation is about 26 days at its equator but longer at higher latitudes.

No shit, or have you just been reading Wikipedia again? Big grin You learn all sorts of things on this site!

Quoting Teahan (Reply 6):
I found the sunset in Cambridge to be very strange this evening. Sun went down as usual but then there was a lot of light in the sky 20 or 30 minutes later.

Yep, you have it too!


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

It's the first wave of a Borg invasion. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.


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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

What do u mean the sky stayed alight for ages after the sunset? Thats normal...

I regularly photograph sunsets (Ok laugh if you want  Wink ) and the sky is normally alight for 10-25 minutes after the sun has gone down... The only thing I noticed that was strange was that the sun had shifted slightly from its normal setting spot.

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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2159 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 9):
Too late, it's gone now! But it would have probably looked like an ordinary (if very striking sunset). Hard to describe, it's as if there was an extra glow off the sky.

Was there a flash of green? My Florida neighbors are always trying to convince me that every once in a while there is a green flash during the sunset over the ocean. I don't know if they are screwing with me or if this really happens.


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2156 times:



Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 12):
every once in a while there is a green flash

See reply #10.



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User currently offlineBraybuddy From India, joined Aug 2004, 5795 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2138 times:



Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 10):
It's the first wave of a Borg invasion. You will be assimilated.

Can we not have Daleks? I'd prefer extermination to assmilation.

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 11):
What do u mean the sky stayed alight for ages after the sunset? Thats normal...

Was a brighter light than normal after sunset. Like a glow off it. It seemed a lot brighter than is was just a week ago, much more than the normal incremental brightness (there were cloudless sunsets last week too, but nothing like this).

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 12):
Was there a flash of green?

No. Uness President Putin has decided to do something about Kosovo!


User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2111 times:



Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 12):
Was there a flash of green?

And there was I thinking Day of the Triffids...

:D

Toni



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2095 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 14):
Can we not have Daleks? I'd prefer extermination to assmilation.

Hey, I'm just going by what I'm picking up on the antennae on my tinfoil hat....



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User currently offlineDc9Northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2299 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

The green flash does happen, read wikipedia  

Basically the green and blue components of light get refracted higher in the athmosphere, so they last a tiny bit longer than the rest of the sunlight, hence the flash. It's rare, but not that rare.

[Edited 2008-02-18 12:45:39]

User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

I noticed it, I just watched the sunset for a while and thought it was weird. It reminded me of the Buncefield oil depot fire that happened a few years ago.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27251 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Up here in Newry I can report the same thing . It was commented on by a few neighbours of mine. It was really weird like nothing I have ever seen !!! Now its just dark and freezing and I mean freeeezing.....

User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4533 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Here in NL was also a strange sunset. Unfortunately I was late for an appointment to get my ears syringed, so I couldn't hang around. But it reminded me of the light you sometimes see before a thunderstorm.

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 10):
It's the first wave of a Borg invasion. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7248875.stm



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User currently offlineBraybuddy From India, joined Aug 2004, 5795 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2024 times:



Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 18):
I noticed it, I just watched the sunset for a while and thought it was weird. It reminded me of the Buncefield oil depot fire that happened a few years ago.



Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
Up here in Newry I can report the same thing



Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 20):
Here in NL was also a strange sunset

Yep, as if there was a light coming from another source. The sky looked Photoshopped.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27251 posts, RR: 60
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2004 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 21):
Yep, as if there was a light coming from another source. The sky looked Photoshopped.

I wonder if anyone got it on camera??? I should have taken some video/pics as I had mine with me but I really didnt think of it. I was more interested in getting home LOL.... Maybe it was just a phenomenon of the time of year and very cold weather. There is supposed to be bad fog tomorrow. The more I think of it the stranger it actually was.


User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1990 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):

I wonder if anyone got it on camera???

Me.

I was out taking photos - Honestly I noticed absoloutely nothing different - sun went down beyond the visible horizon and the sunlight remained for about 15-20 minutes before it was noticeably alot darker.

Rgds --James--



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User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1986 times:



Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 11):
The only thing I noticed that was strange was that the sun had shifted slightly from its normal setting spot.

The season is beginning to change. The sun is moving to it's summer spot in the sky.



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25 Aloges : I noticed it, too, due to the overcast weather here the whole sky seemed to be slightly white. There's going to be a total lunar eclipse on 21st Febru
26 Post contains links and images Jamesbuk : www.ImageShack.us" /> Theres my last photo of the sunset. Is how the sky looks what you lot are referring too? Yeah only strange thing is I had gone o
27 OA260 : It was different than your photo. As Braybuddy said it was like an extra glow. Its hard to explain, it was very bright yet also dark. You would have t
28 Braybuddy : I was going to the supermarket at the time and noticed it was brighter than I expected outside. When I was walking across the car park I looked-up an
29 Braybuddy : The sky was much, much paler than that, but maybe yours was taken later.
30 Teahan : In the Cambridge area, the sunset relatively normally (I saw it cycling home), it got dark as normal but a glow came back about 20 minutes later which
31 Jamesbuk : Actually its quite under-exposed, I had 3 different settings set up - 1 for when the sun is mid sky - one when its going into the normal sunset phase
32 OA260 : Yes exactly that was my experience also. I came outside and thought ''oh its quite bright''. Tell us what Met Eireann say.
33 Post contains images Braybuddy : No fog at all today. A lot of people in work remarked on how nice a day it was for the time of year. As a matter of interest, what time exactly was t
34 Post contains images Phoenix9 : Was it something like this??
35 AerorobNZ : They've been watching Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End.....lol
36 Braybuddy : No. The sky was red over the horizion, but the sky above was a very light blue, too light for sunset. That's probably what made it noticeable.
37 Post contains images Phoenix9 : How about this?
38 OA260 : LOL..... and they say its not worth the EUR150 license fee!!!
39 Flipdewaf : We had it too, I have some photos but I don't know if they convey the eerieness of the light, almost like a semi eclipse. Fred
40 Braybuddy : No! The red was there, but the blue was much lighter. And there wasn't a gradient in the colour like your shot. Nice pics, though!
41 Phoenix9 : Thanks. I have some more...I"ll see if I can find something that resembles what you are describing.
42 Post contains links and images Braybuddy : Here it is! My mate took a shot on his way home. It doesn't quite capture the eerieness of it, but you can see how bright it is, and this was just be
43 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : In the winter in Seattle, we sometimes get an eerie brightness in the sky. Some here call it "the sun", but I am not sure. I forget what the flaming o
44 Post contains images Jamesbuk : See BrayBuddy - I dont see whats strange about that - You've seen the sun set behind the mountain but not behind the full horizon behind that mountain
45 Post contains images Phoenix9 : That just seems like foggy sunset. Most likely there was dense fog somewhere down your line of sight, thats why this glowing effect. Or maybe its a g
46 OA260 : Yes thats it !!!! It was alot more errie as you say in real life but thats the nearest were gonna get !!! Well done to your mate .......
47 Shamrock350 : That's almost what it was like here, it was a bit more orange almost smoky but it was definitely very bright.
48 Post contains images Phoenix9 : Same here in Toronto...actually most of Ontario these days. We are so used to cloudy / hazy skies that once "the sun" comes up people start panicking
49 Post contains images Braybuddy : Yep, the pic doesn't do it justice as there was definitely orange in there too. Well, as you can see, it wasn't just me who noticed it. Compare your
50 Aloges : That's what I saw here, too, but only for a brief moment through the window. I'm now guessing high fog as the reason, we've had it for the entire day
51 Post contains images Braybuddy : Here's a satellite pic around sunset, though to be honest it doesn't mean much to me.
52 IH8BY : I think we've had that recently; the weird light doesn't last very long and my camera doesn't pick it up very well, but it reminds me of the strange
53 Post contains images AirCatalonia : The sun is setting in Canada the US midwest now. Maybe they can confirm if they can see the same thing...
54 Post contains links AirCatalonia : Apparently there is already an explanation for this: This effect is caused by high concentrations of nitric acid in the outer layers of the atmosphere
55 Post contains links 4holer : The explanation was on the front page of http://www.spaceweather.com/ today. Nitric acid is indeed behind it. The story has links to more pics as well
56 Seb146 : I saw a report on television about that. It really does happen but not frequently. I have never seen it live. Back to the topic: Sometimes the sky do
57 Braybuddy : Thanks 4holer: that´s exactly what we saw! It was indeed eerie, and I´d never come across it before. I rang Met Eireann the following day but they
58 Post contains images Rara : I did not know that. Thanks for posting signed.... No, seriously. Enjoyable to read and very interesting! To bad I missed it. as a side note: Amazing
59 Post contains links and images Jamie757 : Bit late to this thread, but I managed to get a picture of this odd-looking sunset too.... Rgds.
60 Braybuddy : I wonder how unusual this phenomenon is? Can´t say I remember coming across it before.
61 RacingGreen07 : I remember the exact day your on about. I was on the phone at the time and even mentioned it to the person on the phone briefely and even they noticed
62 B747forever : That aint so strange. Have seen it several times here in Sweden.
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