Belt of Venus

If the sky is clear just before sunset or just after sunrise, look at the horizon opposite the sun.  You may well see the Belt of Venus. Typically there is a pinkish glow due to backscattering of red light from the setting or rising sun.  Just below the pink layer, is a darker zone caused by the shadow of the Earth.

This image was captured just east of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Field stone used to build the farm buildings were obtained from the base of the terminal moraine deposited by Wisconsin’s last glacier some 10,000 years ago.  I was standing midway up the moraine during image acquisition.

Particulate matter in the atmosphere will scatter light and make the Belt of Venus more intense.  In some parts of the country, dust or smog is the major component of particulates.  In Wisconsin, the Belt of Venus is more intense during the winter when ice crystals fill the air.

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One Response to “Belt of Venus”

  1. jairy hunter Says:

    spectacular.

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