Rare phenomenon: the sky over Antarctica turned pink (photo)

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    A rare phenomenon: the sky over Antarctica turned pink (photo)

    Scientists believe that the cause of an unusual natural phenomenon lies in the activity of the underwater volcano Tonga, located in the Pacific Ocean.

    The sky over Antarctica has turned an intense pink color. The first photo of an unusual natural phenomenon was published by Stuart Shaw, who works as a technician at the New Zealand Antarctic base “Scott”.

    “Believe it or not, I did not edit these colors, they are almost the same as we saw them — Shaw told The Guardian, “It's incredible.”

    Rare phenomenon: the sky over Antarctica turned pink (photo)

    New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) ) explained this phenomenon by the presence in the atmosphere of aerosols that rose into the air during the eruption of the underwater volcano Tonga in early 2022.

    “Stratospheric aerosols can circulate around the globe for several months after a volcanic eruption, scattering and bending light when the sun rises or falls below the horizon, creating a glow in the sky with shades of pink, blue, pu magenta and violet,” the institute noted.

    Its staff tracked the presence of aerosols in the sky over the Scott station on July 7, finding that there are a lot of them.

    Rare: the sky above Antarctica turned pink (photo)

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