The Belt of Venus

The Belt of Venus

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Caption: Panoramic view of The Belt of Venus, a Victorian-era name for an atmospheric phenomenon seen at sunrise and sunset. Shortly after sunset or shortly before sunrise, the observer is, or is very nearly, surrounded by a pinkish glow (or anti-twilight arch) that extends roughly 10 to 20 degrees above the horizon. Often, the glow is separated from the horizon by a dark layer, the Earth's shadow or dark segment. The Arch's light rose (pink) colour is due to backscattering of reddened light from the rising or setting Sun.

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Keywords: anti-twilight arch, astronomy, atmospheric phenomenon, belt of venus, dawn, dusk, lake, landscape, panorama, panoramic, pink, rose, rosy, scenic, sky, sunrise, sunset, twilight, venus girdle, venus'ss girdle, water

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