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Summary: On June 12, 2009, Russia's Sarychev Peak volcano erupted, hurling an enormous plume of ash and sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere. This has produced some unusually beautiful sunrises and sunsets around the northern hemisphere. When the sun goes down, delicate ripples of white appear over the western horizon. Then, as twilight deepens, the sky turns a lovely shade of "volcanic lavender." Fine volcanic aerosols in the stratosphere scatter blue light which, when mixed with ordinary sunset red, produce the lavender hue. Other signs to look for include a bright yellow "twilight arch" and long crepuscular rays and shadows.

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Jon Stone,
Auburn, AL
Jul. 2, 2009
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Wow, what a sunset!! I caught the end of last year's Kasatochi sunsets, but haven't ever seen anything like this. The ripples of ash were amazing! And that purple color, Awesome!! Maybe we'll get more of these sunsets before the aerosols dissipate into the atmoshpere! A panorama I made of the sunset here... Thanks!!

Meghan Larin,
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Jul. 1, 2009
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These pictures were take on July 1st. It was overcast all day, but the sun came out just long enough for a beautiful sunset before the Canada Day fireworks!

Vincent Phillips,
Hale village,near Liverpool UK
Jul. 3, 2009
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Looks like a fantastic Sarychev ash cloud event under way here in the sky above Northwest England UK,Started about 1 hour before sunset,I have watched it for about two hours now.the best display I have seen so far.

Dan Taylor,
Edmonds, WA
Jul. 1, 2009
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I have never seen a sunset so red. It was incredible. I later learned this was a result of the eruption I'm just glad I had a camera on me!

Barbara Grudzinska,
Jul. 2, 2009
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After cloudy days I take at last today this photo of the Sarychev Volcanic sunset.Additionally two times, because of reflection in window in the roof :-) Colourful sunset over Warsaw

Adolfo Garcia-Marin,
This images were taken over Torrejon de Ardoz (Spain)
Jul. 2, 2009
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The eruption of the Sarychev Peak Volcano (Russia) has launched tons of sulphur dioxide aerosol to the atmosphere. This layer is present the whole day but it is better seen minutes before the sunset (or after the sunrise). This images were taken over Torrejon de Ardoz (Spain)

more images: from Mike McAllister of Sutton Village, Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England; from Saulo Barbosa of Manchester UK; from Todd Lindley of Lubbock, Texas; from Doug Zubenel of Cedar Creek near De Soto, Kansas; from Robert Franck of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; from Elaine Parker of Westover, MD; from Marek Nikodem of Szubin, Poland; from P-M Hedén of Vallentuna, Sweden; from Martin Popek of Nýdek, Czech Republic