Earth Science Pic of the Day

Fiery Sunrise



Photographer: Mitch Englebrecht
Summary Author: Mitch Englebrecht; Jim Foster


The photo above showing a fiery sunup was captured near Colorado Springs, Colorado in late winter of 2008. Neither telephone poles nor wires could detract from this glowing dawn. The increased path-length of sunlight when the Sun is near the horizon, in the presence of mid and high altitude clouds, accounts for the vivid coloration of many sunrises and sunsets, including this one.