February 05, 2003
This picture was taken from the island of Maui in Hawaii, during the spring of 2001. Even though the Sun rises and sets more abruptly in tropical latitudes than elsewhere, this doesn't necessarily mean that tropical sunrises and sunsets are any less colorful. Here, apricot-colored skies begin to give way to the gathering darkness associated with astronautical twilight - when the center of the Sun has dipped more than 18 degrees below the horizon. In the foreground, the Pacific Ocean laps at a dusky beach, and in the background, a volcano rests on the distant horizon.