Amateur photographer captures green sun from Senagajima

Amateur photographer captures green sun from Senagajima

A green flash phenomenon, in which the sun shines green at sunset, from Senagajima Island, Tomigusuku, 7:37 p.m., on November 25. (Photographe provided by Akihiro Noda)


November 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 25, a green flash phenomenon, in which the sun shines green at sunset, was confirmed to have been sighted in Okinawa. Akihiro Noda, a 37-year-old company employee, managed to take a picture of the moment when the sun flashed green. He took the photo on Senagajima Island.

According to the director of Ishigaki Island Observatory Takeshi Miyaji, the green flash is an atmospheric phenomenon where the sun turns green at sunset because the green light of the seven colours of the solar spectrum reaches the surface of the earth. It is only visible if the air is clean and there are no clouds over the sea.

Miyaji said, “The green flash is relatively easily to sight in Okinawa where the sea spreads toward the west, compared to other prefectures. However, the green flash is a fairly rare phenomenon.”

Noda saw the green flash by chance at Senagajima 12 years ago. Since then, he has wanted to see it again, and he has visited the island many times. “I did not expect to be able to see it again. I am very happy,” Noda said with excitement.

(English translation by T&CT)

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