Lisa Abbott submitted this photo of the sunset on Friday evening, June 19, over Pokegama Lake. While it is often said dust and pollution cause colorful sunsets, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration notes red and orange skies are created when air molecules (not dust or pollution) “scatter” away the blue light as the setting sun’s light rays travel through the atmosphere (and this is why the sky appears blue). Small particles high up in the atmosphere from volcanic eruptions and blue light scattered down can create the purple hues seen at twilight.

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