The world never looks cooler than when it does during the blue hours of dawn and dusk. Photographer Romain Jacquet Lagreze captured Hong Kong in that brief moment when daylight is just about over but nighttime hasn’t crept on yet. It looks fantastic. The chilly, icy blue makes things glimmer in stillness rather than…
Stop, relax, and let go of your stress by basking in this literally picture-perfect sunset.
Stop. Breathe. Bask in the blissful relaxation of sunset in Queen Valley. Feel better? Good.
Oh, wow. Because the tiny sliver of Pluto at sunset wasn’t enough, now we get the full view of what the New Horizons spacecraft saw just moments after its closest approach. And it’s absolutely gorgeous.
What. A. View. The nose of the B-25 bomber offers up such a fantastic view that it’s probably the perfect place to be for a sunset because not only do you get to see the entire world in a clear bubble, you get to see the old rickety steering wheel of a plane used since 1941 and all the gear that comes with it. So cool.
Welcome to our post-apocalyptic world. You can find the last remaining civilization in San Francisco. Or something like that. It's startling how much this simple time lapse of a San Francisco sunset makes it look like nuclear bombs have gone off and destroyed everything we know. But nope, just a normal sunset in the…
This is either a shot of six people marveling at yesterday's spring equinox sunset on an unseasonably warm-ish (42 degrees) evening in Anchorage, Alaska ... or lost album art for an LP of AM radio jams, circa 1973.
This time lapse shows what 24 hours of a summer day (and I guess, a summer night) looks like in the Arctic Circle. You can see the Sun rising and setting like it normally does anywhere else but instead of disappearing beyond the horizon as the Earth turns, it pops right back up and the world never turns dark.
Between ice crystals, raindrop lenses, and a setting sun, the physics is just packed into this photograph from an airplane window somewhere over the arctic.
The International Space Station goes through a full day in 92 minutes, each with its own sunrise and sunset. The Earth's atmosphere acts as a prism, bending rays of sunlight to paint the station in a quick succession of rich colours. Astronaut Butch Wilmore photographed how the light changes on a solar array.
While it looks like an unearthly landscape from a distant exoplanet, this is our own Earth as seen from the International Space Station. Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev captured this delicate moment of diffuse light and rich shadows of clouds at sunset.
The Earth Science Picture of the Day is featuring this spectacular photo of a double rainbow at the end of a stormy day. It was taken last April by Manolis Shamanos at sunset, in the island of Samos, Greece. It really looks like some kind of supernatural phenomenon. LeVar Burton explains how they form:
The contrasting colors of dusking day combine with optics to great effect in Broken Mirror/Evening Sky, a captivating series of images by New York photographer Bing Wright.
Snapped off the coast of Australia by an Expedition 28 astronaut on the International Space Station, this is a beautiful photograph illustrating atmospheric layers. The black at the bottom of photograph is the Earth, followed by saturated orange troposphere illuminated by a setting sun. The troposphere is the lowest…
Dramatic sunsets are undeniably gorgeous, but they portend something ominous: millions of fine particles polluting the air. Researchers are now studying sunsets painted over the past 500 years to find clues to how our air got dirtier after the Industrial Revolution.
A setting sun looks a little different 90 degrees south of the equator – and it's one of the last the South Pole will see for the next six months.
Incidentally, the result is way cooler than anything you could shoot on your own: a gorgeous San Francisco sunset, as seen through the eyes of a thieving sea-bird. The view's a little askew, but it's beautiful, nonetheless. You'll want to watch this one in full screen, 1080p, for the full effect.
The sunset pictured here may look strange to you and me, but on Mars it's a rather common sight. A bluish hue radiates outward from the setting Sun, fading gradually before taking on a pinkish tinge.
We've never seen it happen, but a collision with two black holes would be one of the most dramatic events in the entire universe, releasing so much energy that we could detect it clear across the cosmos.