Sulfur dioxide plume blasted by Calbuco volcano creates spectacular sunsets from Chile to Brazil

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Chile’s Calbuco volcano blasted a gigantic plume of sulfur dioxide spreading east from Chile to Brazil into the atmosphere.

The result are spectacular space weather phenomena!

European MetOp satellites have been monitoring aerosols blasted into the atmosphere by the volcano on April 22, 2015. In the following movie by The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2), you can follow a sulfur dioxide plume over a 5-day period:

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Intense, isn’t it? But it’s not everything! This SO2-plume had a dramatic effect on sunsets up to Brazil creating spectacular displays of bright unusual red-purple-magenta glow.

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Calbuco`s Ashes And Rio`s amazing Sunset. Photo: Helio C. Vital
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Calbuco`s Ashes create unusual sunset in Rio. Photo: Helio C. Vital
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Unexpected purple to magenta-red glow lit up the the sky of the Brazilian metropole. Photo: Helio C. Vital
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This eerie weather phenomenon lasted over a hour! Photo: Helio C. Vital

According to SpaceWeather:

[quote_box_center]Purple is one of the telltale signs of a volcanic sunset. Fine volcanic aerosols in the stratosphere scatter blue light which, when mixed with ordinary sunset red, produces a violet hue. But purple isn’t the only thing to look for. In addition, sky watchers in Chile and Brazil should be alert for a very bright yellow twilight arch, fine cloud structure in the arch seen through binoculars, and long diffuse rays and shadows.[/quote_box_center]

Amazing glowing sky! I would like to be over there to enjoying these weird events!

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