I was already picking out my costume and my name and trying to figure out if I was a heroine or a villain. BBC weather presenter Simon King said: "Ophelia originated in the Azores where it was a hurricane and as it tracked its way northwards it dragged in tropical air from the Sahara. This dust is then reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths, giving a red appearance to the sky. According to the Met Office, the red sun is caused by winds pulling up Saharan dust. pic.twitter.com/ZxDuvjQlUH, Amazing red sun this morning here on the levels!! The sun looked very interesting on Monday and many iWitness7 reporters posted photos of the sun and sunset questioning why it was so vivid. The atmosphere scatters sunlight—especially light of shorter wavelength, i.e. It looks like most of the material fell back down to the Sun's surface; that's common, though sometimes such an event manages to blast the material completely away into space . "Air is being pulled from southern Europe and Africa and that air contains a lot of dust. What's funny to me is that this wasn't all that big a flare; it was rated as a class M2.5, far lower in energy than the vast explosions from the Sun back in February. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. The possibility remains for heightened Radiation Storm levels with the passage of the CME shock, but nothing greater than S2 (moderate) is forecast. A good flare can release up to 10% of the Sun's total energy, the equivalent of billions of nuclear bombs exploding. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. … Sigh. Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said the former hurricane is pulling air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa. So why did it occur? The Space Weather Prediction Center notes that the storm will deal our planet a "glancing blow," meaning we aren't in the main firing line for all those particles zooming out into space. Red and oranges then reach our eyes and make for a beautiful sight. The unusual phenomenon has been seen across the country, starting in the west of the country before sweeping across to the Capital. The smoke has been carried in the upper-level winds all the way to the eastern United States. This station is part of Cox Media Group Television. Death from the Skies! Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait posted this video today, with an explanation. It’s suddenly gone very dark and gloomy in Westminster. That combined with the really warm, strong winds, make it feel very eerie outside today! There's a little circle the size of Earth. Our Sun is white, and it would look white if you looked at it from space. pic.twitter.com/a29EDBV2Fq. >> Western wildfires live updates: California’s Bobcat Fire reaches 38K acres, 3% containment. Did you wake up to a ghostly red sun today or witness a strange red hue to the sky on your lunch break or as you left work? The strange red tint was in the air, and the sun glowed an angry red. Georgia 2020 election results: What's happening with recounts and Senate runoffs? For perspective, look at the upper left corner. Ophelia has pulled in unseasonably warm air up from Spain and North Africa, bringing temperatures in the early 20s over the weekend. 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Plait says we're not in any danger from the event, though space weather watchers are issuing an advisory that's the solar storm equivalent of "we may get some sprinkles.". This far away from the fires, the smoke is suspended high in the air, so air quality locally won’t be impacted. One woman wrote on Instagram: "It looks like the apocalypse is coming! So do I or do I not get superpowers tomorrow? Lv 7. The sun's unusual appearance was caused by smoke from forest fires in Alberta, which spewed a mountain of ash that rose into the atmosphere. "The dust gets picked up into the air and goes high up into the atmosphere, and that dust has been dragged high up in the atmosphere above the UK. Many people in England reported the phenomenon on Monday morning - and it appears to have been caused by Hurricane Ophelia. #nofilter pic.twitter.com/eWe7E568Cs, While you're all worrying about the red sky, a Labour MP has just informed the Commons that "zombies are running wild" in his constituency, In this strange light, Parliament has the same hue as the Las Vegas scenes in Blade Runner, which doesn't bode well.

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