ON the afternoon of Sunday, the 22nd, a very curious appearance was noticed by many. The sky was hazy, and the sun was seen through the haze of a pink colour, inclining to purple. I see by a newspaper that the same was noticed at Dublin. A red or orange sun is common, but I never before saw its colour on the purple side of red.
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MURPHY, J. Meteorological Phenomenon. Nature 2, 67 (1870). https://doi.org/10.1038/002067c0