Enjoying EarthSky? Subscribe.

266,128 subscribers and counting ...

Peter Lowenstein

Watch 5 moonsets over Zimbabwe

Moonset at 5 different points on the horizon, at 5 different moon phases, from a young moon to the June 20 full moon at Zimbabwe’s winter solstice.

Sunrise stripes on Hospital Hill, Zimbabwe

A rare combination of light and shade over a hillside in Mutare.

Crepuscular and anti-crepuscular rays

Next time you see crepuscular rays, aka sunrays, turn around. You might be in luck and see anti-crepuscular rays, as Peter Lowenstein did in Mutare, Zimbabwe on Easter Sunday.

Iridescent Kelvin Helmholtz clouds

These clouds look like breaking ocean waves. It’s rare to see them iridescent!

Amazing lightning time-lapse from Zimbabwe

Video of 20 spectacular cloud-to-ground lightning strikes that took place on a single afternoon in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Fair weather flights over Zimbabwe

Setting sun with glimpses of fair weather flight in front of it, including circling swallows and a light airplane.

Extremely loud, very close lightning strike

Caution! At full volume, the sound of the strike is so loud that it could damage speakers or affect hearing if headphones are used. Story and video by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Birdlike cloud over Zimbabwe

Seeing recognizable patterns in unrelated objects is called pareidolia. People love it. Here’s a sunset cloud in the shape of a bird, over Africa.

Report from Zimbabwe: Double sunset

A photo of rare sunset, only seen when the sun is low in the sky and likely a result of reflection by ice crystals.

Slow motion time-lapse of crazy lightning

Cool video showing spectacular lightning discharges – running from cloud to cloud – seen from Mutare, Zimbabwe.