Image credit JPL NASA
Watching stargazing live (our annual astronomical tv fest with Brian Cox) last night I was reminded that different planets would have different coloured sunrises. Above is a beautiful image of Pluto’s blue sunrise taken by the picture taken by the New Horizons Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera. It is thought that the blue colour comes from nitrogen, methane and particles called tholins.
Winter has been a bit of a damp squid here in Cornwall. There has not been a sunrise to be seen. One storm after another this winter has arrived from across the Atlantic and we have already reached the letter R in the naming of them. I had nearly forgotten what a Earth sunrise looked like.
So this morning when there was a beautiful sunrise with hints of purple I just have to catch this picture of it. It may not be blue but it certainly was pretty.