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Volcanic twilights and fiery sunsets of summer and autumn 2009

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I mentioned this in the noctilucent clouds thread

On the 11th June 2009, Sarychev Peak volcano erupted on Matua Island one of the Kuril Islands, Russia in the Pacific Ocean. It pumped millions of tonnes and tonnes of sulfur dioxide and ash into the stratosphere. These aerosols can produce spectacular sunrises, sunsets and twilights and this was the case after the Sarychev eruption. some of the most spectacular and beautiful sunsets that I have seen. September was the peak of it. 

Photos taken from Irlam

4th July 2009: ripple waves just before sunset 
 

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26th July 2009: Fiery sunset

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10th September 2009: Fiery sunset

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11th September 2009: the peak of the volcanic twilight. 
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12th September 2009: faint golden crepuscular rays 
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13th September 2009: distinctive purple colour
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14th September 2009: purple tinge fading
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18th September 2009: a bright afterglow

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24th September 2009: Fiery sunset
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5th October 2009: volcanic aerosols often enhance crepuscular rays in twilight
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