What is this mysterious purple sky over Santiago de Chile?
That’s really a baffling sky phenomenon. Do you know what is going on there?
MaiSoloMai forwarded Strange Sounds and other news channels some incredible pictures of a weird purple sky over the capital city of Chile, Santiago.
Have you ever experienced such a sky? First I said it can’t be true. These pictures must be somehow processed. It’s impossible! I’ve never seen such a purple sky!
But then I saw this video:
So why did the sky turn purple?
On a Reddit post about purple sky I could however get some more information about this strange sky phenomenon:
Never seen a purple sky… I have had the sky turn pink in my town due to the sun setting behind wildfire smoke clouds.
I’ve seen purple and green skies. Right before tornadoes, in Oklahoma.
I’ve seen this before! There was a storm that came through and the sky was yellow, then a rainbow came out, then the sky became purple as the sun was setting.
As described by Blogstronomy: In the evening, when the Sun is low in the sky, its light has more atmosphere to get through before it reaches you, and so the effect described above is more pronounced. In fact, more of the orangey-yellowy light gets scattered on this extended journey, meaning that the sun appears redder than it usually does higher up in the sky.
This red light, low down in the sky, given the right conditions, can reflect off aerosols high in the atmosphere. The resultant red glow mixes with the scattered blue light, creating beautiful purple sunsets just like that in those pictures and the video.
— Mai ☾↠ ➰ ❂ ➰ ↞☽ (@MaiSoloMai) April 23, 2016
Is it caused by pollution or by natural events?
An aerosol is simply a collection of fine particles suspended in a gas and can be naturally occurring or anthropogenic in nature (smog, cloud, volcanic ash, smoke).
Could the ash and gases released by recent volcanic eruptions be responsible for this amazing sunset in the sky of Santiago de Chile, yesterday?
Or was it just purple rain? RIP Prince!