The only surviving colour photo of the Trinity test, 16 July 1945. Image Source: Jack W. Aeby/Life/Wiki.
Oppenheimer's quotation of the Bhagavad Gita regarding the first nuclear test is now legendary: "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." Other observers remarked that there were two suns in the sky. These are the images associated with the Trinity test, which took place 66 years ago today. Wiki:
This image of two suns in the sky made the test a symbolic herald of dualism in our times, a splitting of Millennial consciousness. Considering a nuclear explosion as a terrible 'shadow sun' is a powerful metaphor for the virtual dimensions that now contrast with our reality. Looking back on Trinity is an eerie reminder of our growing metaphysical quandary, the associated erosion of values, and their replacement with new norms and standards.In the official report on the test, General Farrell wrote, "The lighting effects beggared description. The whole country was lighted by a searing light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun. It was golden, purple, violet, gray, and blue. It lighted every peak, crevasse and ridge of the nearby mountain range with a clarity and beauty that cannot be described but must be seen to be imagined..."
News reports quoted a forest ranger 150 miles (240 km) west of the site as saying he saw "a flash of fire followed by an explosion and black smoke." A New Mexican 150 miles (240 km) north said, "The explosion lighted up the sky like the sun." Other reports remarked that windows were rattled and the sound of the explosion could be heard up to 200 miles (320 km) away.
John R. Lugo was flying a U.S. Navy transport at 10,000 feet (3,000 m), 30 miles (48 km) east of Albuquerque, en route to the west coast. "My first impression was ... the sun was coming up in the south. What a ball of fire! It was so bright it lit up the cockpit of the plane." Lugo radioed Albuquerque. He got no explanation for the blast but was told, "Don't fly south."