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What A Bright Orange Sunset Looks Like From Space

As seen from the International Space Station.

Posted on November 7, 2013, at 4:04 p.m. ET

We often see the sun casting red/orange on clouds at sunset. Finally captured it. November 6.

Karen L. Nyberg

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We often see the sun casting red/orange on clouds at sunset. Finally captured it. November 6.

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A little explanation for the orange sunset phenomonon, from NatGeo:

When a beam of sunlight strikes a molecule in the atmosphere, what's called "scattering" occurs, sending some of the light's wavelengths off in different directions...

...at sunset, the light takes a much longer path through the atmosphere to your eye than it did at noon, when the sun was right overhead. And that is enough to make a big difference as far as our human eyes are concerned. It means that much of the blue has scattered out long before the light reaches us.

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