THESE incredible images appear to show giant devil horns rising over the Persian Gulf during a solar eclipse.
A photographer waited in just the right place to snap the rare spectacle as the sun was partially blocked by the moon at dawn on Boxing Day morning.
Elias Chasiotis captured the stunning sequence of the sunrise in QatarCredit: Elias Chasiotis
Elias Chasiotis had planned on capturing the solar eclipse while on holiday in Al Wakrah Qatar.
And he knew because it came at sunrise he had a chance to capture an even rare phenomenon – a solar eclipse combined with the light-bending mirage effects seen near the surface of the ocean.
He told BoredPanda: “I hoped that optical effects like inferior mirage would be visible and I was lucky enough to capture them.”
This type of mirage over the ocean is called Fata Morgana and occurs when rays of light are bent when they pass through air layers of different temperatures.
It is named after the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay because it was once believed the mirages they were fairy castle created by her witchcraft to lure sailors to their death.
Elias added: “I was worried that nothing would come out of the eclipse.
“However, when the sun finally began to rise, it looked like two separate pieces, some sort of red horns piercing the sea.
Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles that targeted two bases in Iraq where U.S. military members were based, Pentagon officials confirmed late Tuesday.
The missile strikes hit al-Asad airbase in western Iraq, which President Trump visited last Thanksgiving, and another base in the northern city of Irbil at about 5:30 p.m. Washington time, Department of Defense officials said.
“We are working on initial battle damage assessments,” officials said in a statement released late Tuesday, which made no mention of casualties.
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