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Green Flash

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  1. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,149 posts, 2,463 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Nope. We talked about what we were seeing. I was the one who noticed the 2nd sunset. It was pretty dang cool.
     


  2. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,489 posts, 2,440 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Hey Kermit, how many Suns am I holding up?
    :poke:

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


  3. ifmdalvey

    ifmdalvey

    Joined Feb 2, 2010
    311 posts, 20 likes
    Island Packet 37 Hull #2
    US Harpswell Me
    I have seen it twice, once in Puerto Rico and once somewhere else, the chances are greatly increased and inversely proportional to the amount of rum consumed.
     


  4. KeithMidgette

    KeithMidgette

    Joined Sep 16, 2015
    10 posts, 11 likes
    Bristol 39
    1710 Luna Blu US Hampton
    I saw a green flash many times on a destroyer in the Indian Ocean.
     


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  5. Ken Cross

    Ken Cross

    Joined Oct 24, 2010
    1,918 posts, 307 likes
    Hunter 30
    US Everett, WA
    I onc
    I've seen a strange one too. When Haley Bop (comet) was visible, I was on a test flight off the Baha coast flying Northwest parallel the coast toward Washington . I saw it set in the west then rise again the West. I never figured out the geometry of that. We were flying Mach 0.84 at fl410 if I remember correctly.

    I migh be crazy too.

    Ken
     


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  6. Cowpokee

    Cowpokee

    Joined Jan 8, 2015
    306 posts, 166 likes
    MacGregor 26S, Goman Express 30
    US Kerr Reservoir
    I never saw it, not even once the whole time I was in the Indian ocean on a submarine.
     


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  7. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    8,748 posts, 3,746 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    :yikes::laugh:
    I never thought the Navy gathered the crew on the fan tail for an evening sundowner.

    Guess that’s what they mean when you hear the phrase “The New Navy”. Don’t even have to wait for shore leave.
     


  8. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,489 posts, 2,440 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    The secret is to shoot off a ballistic missile at the sun just before the flash. Watch closely and, depending upon the type of missile, the green flash also comes with a mushroom cloud.

    The recommended method of watching for the green flash.
    [​IMG]

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


  9. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,735 posts, 1,304 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida

    "The sun is in the east
    Even though the day is done.
    Two suns in the sunset
    Could be, the human race is run ..."

    Just a little Pink Floyd, for everyone's enjoyment. :pimp:
     


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  10. Sailm8

    Sailm8

    Joined Feb 21, 2008
    1,602 posts, 261 likes
    Hunter 29.5
    US Punta Gorda
    51233347_10213915921195290_520983377000529920_n.jpg Freaky sunrise in Canada. One object is the moon.
     


  11. Ron20324

    Ron20324

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,785 posts, 833 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    That would have been "Taco Tuesday" in the crew's mess".

    Isn't it a green flash that happens behind Xmas Island off of Key West?
     


  12. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,365 posts, 264 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    You might have been at sufficient altitude and airspeed to catch up with the sunset. When I was in the Air Force, our pilots often flew west from California to Okinawa, and they routinely caught up with the sunset. They, however, were flying at Mach 3+ and at 80,000'+. SR-71.
     


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  13. kloudie1

    kloudie1

    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    8,257 posts, 722 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    @ Ken Cross; Interesting.. From our friends at Google:
    "The answer is 650 km/hr (403 mph)along the Arctic Circle. As you move closer to the equator, traveling along lines of latitude, your speed would need to increase — up to 1670 km/hr at the Equator. The Sun appears to revolve around the Earth once per day"
    Soooo.. at your speed of 0.84Mach (about 644MPH) you could indeed have caught the sun line as you move north ..
     


  14. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,489 posts, 2,440 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Appears to?
    It always "appears" to.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  15. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,868 posts, 526 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    OK so we’re sitting on the boat with another couple having some evening beverages and the subject of the Green Flash comes up. We were all there the other night so we compared the atmospheric conditions. They were similar with cumulus clouds just above the horizon and the sky very red as the sun touched the horizon. Then just as it dipped out of sight we again saw the Green Flash. Twice in three days and conditions might be the same tomorrow. I’ll have the camera ready.
     


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  16. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,868 posts, 526 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    But then you would get there yesterday.
     


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  17. heritage

    heritage

    Joined Apr 22, 2011
    526 posts, 104 likes
    Hunter 27
    US Cherry Point MCAS
    We have seen it several times. Must be very good visibility all the way to the sun with no clouds or salt spray from wind. It's usually seen as a green halo on the surface of the water within a second of when the upper limb of the sun sinks below the horizon. But a couple of times have the seen the green halo flash upwards like a bubble bursting. A way to prolong the flash is to sit down and the moment it starts quickly stand up. Okay, so you don't believe me, but I'm convinced it works. If it doesn't work for you, at least it is good exercise.
     


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  18. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,149 posts, 2,463 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Would this be a good time to mention I also envy those who have seen the Northern Lights?
     


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  19. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,365 posts, 264 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    The SR71 pilots often landed the day before they took off. Something about catching up with the International Date Line.
     


  20. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    3,438 posts, 1,579 likes
    Sabre 362
    113 US Fair Haven, NY
    Well, first you need to move Yankee country. :biggrin:

    I used to live on a good sized lake in Central NY (Oneida Lake for those who are curious). One evening I was sitting by the shore relaxing and watching the clouds across the lake. They seemed brighter and bluer than usual. Then they started reaching up from the horizon, then they started shimmering. For a moment I thought it was a flashback from my youth, then realized it was the Northern Lights. Not as bright or colorful as they are further North, yet still beautiful.
     


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