Mirages & Sunspots ~ Capture by Stefano De Rosa (site) at Lido di Dante on the Adriatic north east of Italy. Warm air near to the sea surface has miraged the sun into an omega or Etruscan Vase shape. Sunspots in AR1520 - several Earth diameters across - mark the photosphere.   ©Stefano De Rosa, shown with permission.
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Half a world away Jim Grant captured another miraged sun marked by AR1520 during sunset on the previous day at Cardiff State Beach, Southern California. Multiple temperature inversion layers cause the disk to take on a sliced and rippled appearance with a segment almost detached at its base - a mock-mirage sunset. ©Jim Grant, shown with permission.