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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/ 6/2010

Equinox sunrise video and photos

By Kevin Ambrose

* Sun to make return: Full Forecast | Hurricane season still kicking *


The equinox sunrise on the morning of September 22, 2010, a time-lapse video shot from the Netherlands Carillon.

The morning of September 22, the date of the autumnal equinox, felt more like summer than autumn. The temperature was in the the 70s and the sky was cloud-free, with a layer of haze hanging low in the atmosphere, visible only at the horizon. The summer-like haze helped the rising sun appear as a glowing globe of light instead of a blinding source of light, as it often appears in a clear atmosphere. As the sun rose above the layer of haze, however, it quickly lost it's well-defined, spherical appearance.

Keep reading to see still photos of the sunrise sequence, showing the sun on the horizon to a position well above Washington.

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The equinox sunrise, September 22, 2010. This photo was taken at 7:00 AM.


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The equinox sunrise, September 22, 2010. This photo was taken at 7:02 AM.


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The equinox sunrise, September 22, 2010. This photo was taken at 7:03 AM.


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The equinox sunrise, September 22, 2010. This photo was taken at 7:06 AM.


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The equinox sunrise, September 22, 2010. This photo was taken at 7:16 AM.

By Kevin Ambrose  | October 6, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Photography  
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Comments

great video and beautiful photography!

Might also be worth adding that the spring and fall equinoxes are the only two days of the year when the sun rises exactly due east of us and sets due west.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | October 6, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Great images, as usual, Kevin

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | October 6, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful! Did you happen to catch the Harvest Moon rise later that night?

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | October 6, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks! Ann, I did capture the Harvest Moon. It will be another photo post soon.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | October 6, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I liked the "sunburst" effect at the end of the video - it just popped out at the end. Beautiful!

Posted by: MKoehl | October 6, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

@Kevin: Great work as usual! I don't think it's too soon to ask what photography is planned for your 2011 calendar, is it?

Posted by: --sg | October 7, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Thanks MKoehl and sg. Regarding the 2011 calendar, I have plenty of weather photos from this year that I plan to use. I'm thinking of including multiple photos for a month, but I am not sure yet. Lots of snow photos from our past winter.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | October 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

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