Why on some days the sunset is very and orange-y and pretty whereas on most days it is just a slightly dimmed version of the usual daylight colours until the sun disappears? What factors make a really pretty sunset?

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Why on some days the sunset is very and orange-y and pretty whereas on most days it is just a slightly dimmed version of the usual daylight colours until the sun disappears? What factors make a really pretty sunset?

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If I recall correctly it has to due with how much dirt and dust is in the air. The more dirt and dust the darker the color. This will often coincide with weather changes such as wind and rain.

I’m pretty sure it isn’t the only phenomena that causes changes in sunset colors, but air pollutants from a variety of sources interacting with the light rays can contribute to such color changes. One particular example that comes to mind are sulfur dioxide aerosols emitted from volcanic eruptions.

Humidity, what type of clouds, fog. Temperature sometimes.. elevation… all sorts of factors.

Well.. the more “stuff” to reflect off of usually leads to a more appealing sunrise/ sunset. Different clouds will give different looks. Usually right after a storm, before a sunset, it will look amazing because of the high amounts of humidity and cloud cover from the storm. However if there are no gaps in the clouds, it will just go dark without anything to look at.

Optical illusion from seeing the light rays after they go through more sir and water vapour. Our most obstructed view of the sun is when it is farthest away from us…sunset and sunrise.., the water content in the air does tge rest.. creates the colour. In space? The sun looks like a little speck….just like tge rest of the stars becsuse there is no air for it to diffuse in.