A ‘red devil horns’ sunrise photos captured during rare solar eclipse mirage over the Persian Gulf

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.

Once the sun rose, it was fantastic red crescentCredit: Elias Chasiotis

Elias Chasiotis had planned on capturing the solar eclipse on December 26 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.

The amateur astrophotographer patiently waited for the phenomenon to happen on Boxing DayCredit: Elias Chasiotis

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.

This incredible shows how a solar eclipse looks like the ocean has Devil HornsCredit: Elias Chasiotis

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.

Elias Chasiotis captured the stunning sequence of the sunrise in Qatar