Breathtaking: World's 25 Most Beautiful Polluted Sunsets

By Tom Randall - 2011-11-28T03:40:43Z

Photograph by Henryk T. Kaiser

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About 80 percent of the Earth's atmosphere is concentrated within 10 miles of the planet's surface. At sunset, photons of light hit the atmosphere at an angle and must pass through many more miles of the Earth's gaseous shell. The length of the path increases in the fall and winter, changing the sunset's aesthetic character.