Earth Science Pic of the Day

Fiery Sunrise

Fierysunrise

 

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.