Alpenglow in the German Alps

April 04, 2007


Provided by: Claudia Hinz, AKM e.V.
Summary authors & editors: Claudia Hinz

The photo above shows alpenglow from the Zugspitze summit (highest peak in Germany at 2,963 m or 9,734 ft) in the German Alps. Alpenglow or aspenglow results from sunlight scattered at sunset or sunrise -- the high mountain slopes hold on to the afterglow of day a bit longer than more vertically challenged areas. Alpenglow can be especially colorful when it rains shortly before sunset so that exposed slopes are still wet and "shine" in the lingering sunlight. Snow-covered slopes also seem to increase the intensity of alpenglow. Photo taken on January 9, 2006.

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