The sun sets at Marseille over the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde. Imaged from 12 km away by Alain Origne (more images) of Laboratoire Astrophysique Marseille. Image ©Alain Origne, shown with permission.

"The pollution above the city made a strong filter and only reds could pass through the atmosphere producing this dramatic effect. The sun has different shapes and looks [in turn] like a cauldron (or a beer mug), an Etruscan vase mirage and a barrel."


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