Volcanic Sunsets Observed from Mutare, Zimbabwe in 2022

August 17, 2022

121 Volcanic Sunsets 21 January-20 June 2022

Photographer: Dr Peter Lowenstein  
Summary Author: Dr Peter Lowenstein  

From January 21, 2022, when the sulfur dioxide plume and stratospheric aerosols associated with the January 15, 2022, eruption of the Hunga-Tonga Volcano first reached Africa, until June 20, 2022, a total of 121 brightly colored volcanic sunsets were recorded as observed from Mutare, Zimbabwe. The mosaic above shows the best picture taken on each day that a volcanic sunset display was either directly visible or reflections appeared through thin clouds, thereby illustrating a unique 5-month record of ground-based observation of the after-effects of a major volcanic eruption on the Southern Hemisphere stratosphere.

Photo details: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 and ZS40 cameras, in sunset or manual exposure modes. Montage compiled from two 4K screen captures of Windows 10 image thumbnail displays merged with Photoshop Elements 15 and background changed to grey.


Mutare, Zimbabwe Coordinates: -18.975771, 32.650351

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