Statue of liberty looks like it is ablaze as stunning red sunset appears above Lady Liberty’s torch
Stunning shots capture the rare moment the Statue of Liberty looks like it is ablaze – as a glorious glowing sunset appears above Lady Liberty’s torch.
James Kastner, 31, from Somerville in New Jersey, USA, caught the vivid moment the full moon rose above the tip of torch during the summer solstice.
The rare occurrence, which happened on June 20, is not predicted to be seen again until 2062.
Snapped on the longest day of the year, the clear sky amplifies the crimson glow of the moon as it climbs over Liberty Island.
The statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and gifted to America in 1886 as a symbol of lasting friendship by the two nations.
It depicts the Roman goddess Libertas, the embodiment of liberty, holding a tablet inscribed with the date of America’s Declaration of Independence on July 4 1776 and the torch to welcome immigrants arriving into the country.
Jimmy, a photographer and graphic designer, said: “You could see the complete motion of moon easily and it was almost as if I could sense I was part of the earth as it spun.
“Being the longest day of the year, the sunset was amazing and the colours were so vivid.
“The sky was mostly clear, the air was calm and the overall conditions for the first full moon of the summer were perfect for a photo.
“After sunset, the twilight gave me enough ambient light to minimise my exposure times and get nice clean shots.
“The moon was a bright red as it started to rise and slowly went to orange then yellow as it got higher.
“The moon and the statue – with its spotlights – got brighter as the sky grew darker, and it made the moment more spectacular.”