Calima Sunset

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Some sunsets on a Canary Islands are eerily subdued. They demeanour as if a object were stealing behind a skinny deceive of gauze. This conditions is famous by a nomination Calima, a Spanish name, that has crossed a denunciation barriers as a continue condition crosses a borders of countries and infrequently even continents.

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What causes this meteorological phenomenon? The Calima emanates from a unconstrained dunes of a Sahara desert, where storms of huge proportions lift little particles of silt into high layers of a atmosphere. The Sirocco breeze afterwards carries these excellent dirt grains over a western Maghreb countries and passes a Canary Islands, where it saturates a differently crispy transparent skies with hot, dry haze. An design of NASA’s Aqua satellite shows a Calima conditions from orbit.

With Calima active on a Canary Islands a daytime sky looks milky-white or even brownish-gray. In a night usually a brightest stars are visible, frequency improved than light-polluted city skies. However, as eve approaches a Calima turns a nightfall into an memorable illusory experience. The object hovers above a setting like a resounding disk, a steer that leaves one gaping during a home star in dumbfounded awe.

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The nightfall was imaged by plan nightflight from an altitude of 1300 meters on La Palma island on Jun 7, 2015. The dual comparison cinema uncover a outcome a Calima mist has on a sky. The cinema were shot from accurately a same mark on La Palma on dual opposite days in a summer of 2014. The left design is a standard transparent blue La Palma sky with all radiant in splendid sunlight. In a design on a right a Calima view is of low contrast, a colors are faded and a sky’s blue has incited white.

Source: Project Nightflight