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Dazzling Double Sunsets

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

  • The Chrome Hill sunset observed during the Summer Solstice.

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THE double sunsets witnessed from Leek and Glutton Bridge on Saturday during the Summer Solstice were among "the most spectacular ever seen" by Jeff Kent, an expert on the phenomenon.

Jeff has written a book on the subject, 'The Mysterious Double Sunset', and has been undertaking observations of the occurrence since 1972, as well as hosting public guided viewings since 2001.

He said: "The first double sunset was observed by a crowd of 100 spectators at Glutton Bridge, on the B5053, just north of Longnor in the upper Dove Valley.

"There was a magnificent 20 minute occurrence in a completely cloudless sky, with the whole of the sun reappearing from the steep north-eastern slope of the spectacular Chrome Hill after setting on its summit, followed by a second sunset in the valley below.

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"Around an hour later, a gathering of nearly 80 people at Lowe Hill, on the southeastern outskirts of Leek, witnessed a remarkable spectacle, with an unusually bright sun entirely setting on the summit of The Cloud and perhaps 25 per cent of it reappearing off the hill's steep northern scarp slope before setting for a second time at its base a few minutes later.

"The Chrome Hill occurrence was at its superb best and the occurrence from Lowe Hill was the finest I've ever seen from that location."

Jeff is hoping to continue his guided viewings next year and beyond to keep the tradition going. People who would like to be put on his contact list for the 2015 Solstitial Events can contact Jeff on 01782 791673 or at witan@mail.com

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