On Monday (16th October), across the UK, we had a very strange occurrence.
I was at work at the time, and I kept looking out of the window and the open door as I was fascinated by the colour of the sky. I thought we were getting ready for a huge storm to hit, it was so dark and eerie.
No rain happened, no storm hit - but I was still transfixed on the sky. Eventually, my colleague went outside and shouted for all of us to come outside and look at the sun.
My immediate thought was, it's too soon for another solar eclipse! Is the world going to end!? Illuminati?!
But no, the sun was red and there was just the right amount of cloud coverage to be able to look at it. I could see it so perfectly, without blinding myself (I actually thought it was the moon for a split second - American Horror Story: Roanoke?). It was so beautiful and before you know it, everyone had their phones out, trying to get the perfect snapshot of this phenomenon.
It lasted for most of the morning and then ended up with the most glorious sunny day and blue skies.
"It was due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara. Debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain also played a part.
Ophelia originated in the Azores where it was a hurricane and as it tracked its way northwards it dragged in tropical air from the Sahara. This meant dust from the Sahara was brought with it.
The dust gets picked up into the air and goes high up into the atmosphere, and that dust has been dragged high up in the atmosphere above the UK. The particles in the air cause blue light to scatter, leaving longer-wavelength red light to shine through."