Late August, early September, the year passes by very fast. As usual, I picked up my sunset viewing location to be rocky peak. I like the trail at this time of the year. I can see the Sun set position move across the horizon from the North West, to get closer to the South West.
At this time of the year, the Sun moves away from the mountains that cover the horizon from Santa Susana point of view. The Sun moves towards a gab where in a clear day, one can see the surface of the Pacific Ocean. An ideal set up for capturing Sunset phenomena. However, the humidity might make the observation a little more difficult to do so.
I have captured the sunset, and with it, I caught the rare phenomena I was after, the green flash.
After the setting of the Sun behind the Distance Mountains, few Sun rays were peaking from the summits and created beautiful light phenomena that are also known as crepuscular rays, or Sun beams. The direction of rays was from the bottom to the top, which is different from when the rays are created from the clouds. Usually, when these rays are created from clouds, the direction is from the top to the ground.
The temperature was cooling off and getting lower, a welcome change from the warm day of the summer, and as it was getting darker, the crescent Moon start to take the show in the western horizon. The phase of the Moon that day was only .02 which meant 2% illuminated.
I observed the Moon until it sets. It is amazing how the Moon crescent shape get distorted a little under altitude of 7 degree from the horizon or so, just like the disk of the Sun.
When it was dark enough, the planets Mars and Saturn appeared in the south directions. It is amazing observing Mars near Saturn and observing its celestial movements against the background stars in the past months.
Santa Susana Pass, California.