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Peter Lowenstein
Mutare, Zimbabwe
05/12/2020
05:39 pm

Equipment Details:

Hand-held Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 in sunset mode

Post-processing Details:

Photoshop Elements 15 - image size reduction, minimal application of Star Spikes Pro filter to Venus

Image Details:

Sunset Twilight Arch
On Tuesday evening stratospheric aerosols were back to produce a colorful sunset twilight arch above Murahwa Mountain and the Christmas Pass Hills. This was so bright forty minutes after sundown that its light reflected from the front of my residence in Murambi East and also produced a beautiful reflection of itself in still water in the swimming pool. Sunset (and Sunrise) Twilight Arches can be seen over wide areas of the globe for up to several months after large volcanic eruptions, but in this case the origin is suspected to be the enormous wildfires which ravaged south eastern Australia last December and January. For more information on and pictures of twilight arches please visit https://www.atoptics.co.uk/fza180.htm The bright ‘evening star’ is the planet Venus which reached maximum elevation and intensity at the end of April but will now fade as it returns towards the sunset horizon https://earthsky.org/tonight/venus-at-its-brightest-in-late-april .