Wonders of a Sunset

The sun has many wonders, among those that of a sunset.

The wonders of a sunset: the play of colors on the horizon: soft, pastel shades of cacao, red and orange hues, plum, red-orange, glowing pink, pale pink, orange-yellow, beige, pastel pink.

The combination of colors impart a sense of serenity to quiet a troubled mind, slows down our breath in the mind’s partaking of the tranquility of the nature in the horizon. Or one takes a deep breathe in adoration of the wondrous view before him.

Yes, the nature in all of its splendor: the plethora of wonderful hues flood our senses. Appreciating the wonders of a sunset is free. It’s a gift from God to His creatures and being humans, we see those wonders differently from animals and for that I am so grateful to God for that wonderful perception and capacity to appreciate the beauty that He designed.

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A calm lake view of a wonderful sunset, boats showing from a distance, and some of the sky colors reflected on the serene lake water.

A field of red flowers dominating the foreground contrasts with the third of a sky with yellowish thin layers of cloud imbued with an orange hue. Wonders of a sunset!

The setting sun hiding behind clouds and a surface of the ocean with serene, tranquil water. What a wonderful view!

What a view! Iridescent sky and water reflecting the colors of the sky, imparting a surreal view.

Definition of Sunset

Sunset, also known as sundown, is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon due to Earth’s rotation. As viewed from everywhere on Earth (except the North and South poles), the equinox Sun sets due west at the moment of both the Spring and Autumn equinox

An equinox is the instant in time when the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the geometric center of the Sun’s disk. This occurs twice each year, around March 20 and September 23. In other words, it is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the equator.

As viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, the sun sets to the northwest (or not at all) in the Northern hemisphere’s spring and summer, and to the southwest in the autumn and winter; these seasons are reversed for the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunset colors are typically more brilliant than sunrise colors, because the evening air contains more particles than morning air.

At sunrise and sunset, when the path through the atmosphere is longer, the blue and green components are removed almost completely, leaving the longer wavelength orange and red hues we see at those times. The remaining reddened sunlight can then be scattered by cloud droplets and other relatively large particles to light up the horizon red and orange.

The river flowing to eternity, the setting sun hidden behind a mountain range. The day is almost over and God’s creatures are ready to rest for the day.

Mountain ranges looking up to a sky of blue, orange and crimson. The wonders of a sunset truly touches the soul.

Volcanic Eruptions Make Sunsets More Beautiful

Ash from volcanic eruptions, trapped within the troposphere, tends to mute sunset and sunrise colors, while volcanic ejecta that is instead lofted into the stratosphere (as thin clouds of tiny sulfuric acid droplets), can yield beautiful post-sunset colors called afterglows and pre-sunrise glows.

A number of eruptions, including those of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and Krakatoa in 1883, have produced sufficiently high stratus clouds containing sulfuric acid to yield remarkable sunset afterglows (and pre-sunrise glows) around the world. The high altitude clouds serve to reflect strongly reddened sunlight still striking the stratosphere after sunset, down to the surface.

The 1991 Mount Pinatubo Eruption

Richard P. Hoblitt, USGS, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Bales of hay with deep brown color, sunlight filtering through clouds of different colors, beautiful.

The sun is setting and had done its purpose for the day: giving its wonderful sunlight to the plant and animal life below. The wonderful sun had just nourished the earth and surely, surely will be back tomorrow.

Wonder of wonders, wonders of a sunset. Such view makes me believe that this world had been designed by an Intelligence.

Some of the most varied colors at sunset can be found in the opposite or eastern sky after the Sun has set during twilight. Depending on weather conditions and the types of clouds present, these colors have a wide spectrum, and can produce unusual results.

As a ray of white sunlight travels through the atmosphere to an observer, some of the colors are scattered out of the beam by air molecules and airborne particles, changing the final color of the beam the viewer sees. Because the shorter wavelength components, such as blue and green, scatter more strongly, these colors are preferentially removed from the beam.

As a ray of white sunlight travels through the atmosphere to an observer, some of the colors are scattered out of the beam by air molecules and airborne particles, changing the final color of the beam the viewer sees. Because the shorter wavelength components, such as blue and green, scatter more strongly, these colors are preferentially removed from the beam. As a ray of white sunlight travels through the atmosphere to an observer, some of the colors are scattered out of the beam by air molecules and airborne particles, changing the final color of the beam the viewer sees. Because the shorter wavelength components, such as blue and green, scatter more strongly, these colors are preferentially removed from the beam.

Thanks to Wikipedia for those information.

Sunset by Wapta Falls. Thanks to Jakub Frys/Wikipedia