Surreal Photo Shows 'Belt of Venus' Pink Sky
Astrophotographer Niccolò Bonfadini took this stunning picture in the Finnish Lapland in the winter of 2011. With the sun rising behind the photographer, the Belt of Venus is the pinkish streak caused by the atmosphere reflecting light from the setting or rising sun — giving the reddish hue.
Below the belt, the atmosphere appears dark because almost no light can reach it. The blue sky is reflected above. The belt of Venus is a common sight that can be seen from any location as long as there is a clear horizon.
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this is the first of two images i've edited from this evening. this first one is right after sunset, and the next one is a bit later, during the blue hour, which i'll post next. this is a single exposure. the belt of venus refers to the beautiful pink glow low on the horizon, created by earth's shadow in the atmosphere right after sunset, or...
( via space.com )
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