Every once in a while, the natural world can surprise you. All it takes is the right person to capture the right moment, and something as every day as a cloud, a tree, or a sunset, can be transformed into something weird, wonderful, or even spooky.
If you want an example of what I'm talking about, then you need to do yourself a favor and take a look at the following picture. This week an image of a freaky sunset, which was taken by a photographer at the Persian Gulf during a rare solar eclipse, has gone viral on social media.
The picture in question, which you can see above, was taken by photographer Elias Chasiotis, who just so happened to be standing in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, holding his camera, while the sun was sinking over the horizon.
With his lens trained on a small boat that was out at sea, Elias was in the perfect place to witness a bright red sun during twilight. However, due to the eclipse, the picture he took made it look as though the sun was crescent-shaped, like a gigantic pair of devil's horns.
This effect is known as Fata Morgana - named after the sorceress from the legends of King Arthur - which occurs when light appears to bend as it passes through differently-hot layers of air.While you're at it, check out this awesome footage of a tiny Hunter's Moon rising in the sky:
Speaking to Bored Panda about his incredible pic in a later interview, Elias stated: "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."
He added: "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.'"
But this isn't the first time we've written about an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. Check out this article we penned all about the amazing Hunter's Moon that was spotted recently.