Basically, the sun was being partially obscured by the moon as it passed during the eclipse, but that also occurred at sunrise when the sky was a deep red.
It also just so happened that photographer Elias Chasiotis was standing in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, holding his camera.
It’s as if it was meant to be.
Well, it sort of was meant to be. That is to say, this is exactly what Elias had planned. He wanted to snap the eclipse as it happened but ended up getting way more than that.
The combination of the eclipse and the light-refracting mirage effects of the ocean surface gave him the impression, and slightly haunting, images that he captured.
The effect is called Fata Morgana – after the mythical Arthurian sorceress – and it occurs when light appears to bend as it passes through layers of air that have different temperatures.
Obviously, light doesn’t actually bend, but it seems to in this case. Incidentally, the sorceress that it is named after was famous for luring sailors into peril. Sort of makes sense, doesn’t it?
Anyway, as the sun rose, it just carried on getting better and better for Elias.
He explained to Bored Panda: “I hoped that optical effects like inferior mirage would be visible and I was lucky enough to capture them.
“I was worried that nothing would come out of the eclipse.
“However, when the sun finally began to rise, it looked like two separate pieces, some sort of red horns piercing the sea.
“It soon took the form of a crescent, with the so-called ‘Etruscan vase’ inferior mirage effect visible.
“Due to its shape, the phenomenon was nicknamed the ‘evil sunrise.'”
Needless to say, Elias said it was the most amazing sunrise he’s ever seen.
Yeah, that seems about right.
As the sun rose, he carried on snapping and managed to get loads more interesting pictures showing the eclipse. It’s not every day you managed to get decent pictures of a rare celestial event.
It’s even less likely that anyone will ever get as lucky as Elias again.