Sunset and Twilight Observed from Mutare, Zimbabwe

March 31, 2023

Panoramic view of receding volcanic sunset crepuscular ray display at 6.41 pm on 10th December 2022

Deep lilac and purple late volcanic sunset glow at 7.15 pm on 10th December 2022

Photographer: Dr Peter Lowenstein
Summary Authors: Dr Peter Lowenstein; Jim Foster

Featured at top is a panoramic view of a volcanic sunset, accented by crepuscular rays, that I observed from Mutare, Zimbabwe at 6:41 p.m. (local time) on December 10, 2022. The bottom photo, taken at 7:15 p.m. (local time), shows a sky that’s transitioned from lilac to deep purple. This sunset was one of many that got my attention in 2022 after the January 15, 2022, eruption of the Hunga Tonga Volcano. Ash, dust and sulfur dioxide plumes resulting from this blast reached into the stratosphere, beautifully coloring the twilight sky throughout the entire year. Click here to see a thumbnail montage/slideshow of sunset images taken between January 21, 2022, and January 31, 2023.


Mutare, Zimbabwe Coordinates: -18.975771, 32.650351

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