I’m sure by now your Facebook and/or Instagram feeds have been filled with photos of Sunday’s epic sunset. The light truly was exceptional and I raced around the beach at the end of Peabody Lane (a public way) exploring various compositions.

Immediately after the sun set, the afterglow began adding a touch of color to the high clouds overhead. I received a nice comment on my original post Sunday night pointing to a great resource about sunset colors. There they show an example of a red-orange afterglow such as this and explain it is produced by a thick aerosol cloud with the redder parts being illuminated by light passing through the troposphere and more direct sunlight illuminating the brighter yellow regions.

More from the epic sunset over Marblehead Harbor to come this week…

Read more about the science behind sunset colors here: The Colors of Twilight and Sunset