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Peter Lowenstein
Mutare, Zimbabwe
04:57 am

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Hand-held Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 in sunset mode.

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Volcanic Sunrise.
Eleven months after the massive January 15th eruption of the Hunga-Tonga volcano ejected debris into the Stratosphere and Mesosphere ( ), the persistent succession of spectacular volcanic sunrises and sunsets that have been experienced in the Southern Hemisphere (in particular Australia, Zimbabwe and other parts of Southern Africa) is now slowly drawing to a close as the previously widespread and almost uniform distribution of stratospheric aerosols is becoming thinner and patchy. Colorful volcanic sunrises in particular have become less frequent so it was a pleasant surprise this Friday 23rd to see a brief but beautiful pre-Christmas display to the east of Mutare as shown in the accompanying picture taken three minutes before 5 am.

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