Sunset Mirage & Green Flash pictured near San Diego by Jim Grant. ©Jim Grant, shown with permission.

Multiple temperature inversion layers produced miraged slices of the solar disk. As the sun descends some images ascend while others descend.

At top is a mock-mirage green flash, the type less easy to see with the unaided eye than the classical inferior mirage type.

At right are other sunset mirages by Jim Grant. The California coast is a top spot for terrestrial mirages, sunset mirages, green and blue flashes. The cold off-shore current and warm winds from onshore combine to produce the necessary variety of atmospheric temperature profiles.

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