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Peter Lowenstein

Report from Zimbabwe: First rain and crepuscular rays

A first rain in six months for Mutare, Zimbabwe. Afterwards, crepuscular rays in a clear blue sky, then against a flaming red sunset.

Barking Dog Cloud

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists.

Report from Zimbabwe: Smoky sunsets

A recent unusual sunset over Mutare, Zimbabwe, caused by smoke from the annual burning of vegetation. Notice color change from yellow to orange to magenta …

Amazing, blazing equinox sunset

Spectacular flaming fringe on the setting sun over Mutare, Zimbabwe, caused by a bush fire concealed behind the point on the hill over which the sun went down.

Young moon and Mercury from Zimbabwe

The young moon and the planet Mercury adorn the western twilight after sunset on August 16.

Three planets and star, from Zimbabwe

A series of photos of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and the star Regulus in the western evening dusk, August 3-8, by Peter Lowenstein.

Venus, Jupiter, Regulus from Zimbabwe

Peter Lowenstein in Zimbabwe – who has contributed many amazing photos to EarthSky – offers what might be your final glimpse of the planets after sunset.

Reflections of volcanic sunset in Africa

Aerosols from Calbuco Volcano in Chile – which have colored sunsets in parts of the Southern Hemisphere since April – provide rare glimpses of unusual beauty.

Amazing timelapse of volcanic sunset in Zimbabwe

Last night’s sunset in Zimbabwe – May 10, 2015 – made spectacular by volcanic aerosols carried across the Atlantic from Chile’s Calbuco volcano.

Aerosols from Chile’s Calbuco volcano reach Africa

The aerosols from the eruption of Calbuco volcano in Chile caused vivid sunsets in South America last week. Now they’ve crossed the South Atlantic, to Africa.