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Sunset: Planet Earth

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#106195 by @ 21.03.2008 00:00 - nach oben -
Sunset: Planet Earth


Today, the
Sun crosses
the celestial equator heading north at 0548

Known as the equinox, the geocentric astronomical event marks the
first day of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the

Equinox means
and with the Sun on the celestial equator,
Earth dwellers
will experience nearly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.

Of course, for those
in the north, the days will grow longer with the
Sun marching higher
in the sky as summer approaches.

To celebrate the equinox, consider
this colorful view of the setting Sun.

Recorded last June from the International
Space Station
, the
Sun's limb still peeks above the distant horizon as seen from Earth

Clouds appear in silhouette as
the sunlight is reddened by dust in the dense lower atmosphere.

Molecules in the more tenuous upper atmosphere are preferentially
scattering blue light.

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#106200 by @ 21.03.2008 18:51 - nach oben -
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