Okanagan Lake turns pink during Friday’s sunset

Phyllis Zella took this great photo of Friday's sunset in Penticton. (Facebook)
Amazing sunset turned Okanagan Lake orange and then pink Friday, June 4. (Monique Tamminga Western News)Amazing sunset turned Okanagan Lake orange and then pink Friday, June 4. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Matt MacIntosh took this stunning picture of the sunset in Osoyoos Friday night. (Facebook)
Matt MacIntosh took this stunning picture of the sunset in Osoyoos Friday night. (Facebook)Matt MacIntosh took this stunning picture of the sunset in Osoyoos Friday night. (Facebook) Matt MacIntosh took this stunning picture of the sunset in Osoyoos Friday night. (Facebook)

A stunning sunset turned Okanagan Lake first orange and then pink Friday night, June 4.

An amazing display of colours in the sky at sunset last night around 9 p.m., the last day of Okanagan’s heat wave.

Phyllis Zella captured the orange sunset above Penticton.

So what causes such gorgeous sunsets?

According to meteorologists, sunsets is caused by ‘scattering.’

‘Scattering’ occurs, sending some of the light’s wavelengths off in different directions. This happens millions of times before that beam gets to your line of sight at sunset.

Because red has the longest wavelength of any visible light, the sun is red when it’s on the horizon, where its extremely long path through the atmosphere blocks all other colours.

Yet it seems that the Okanagan seems to get some of the best sunsets in the world! We are very lucky to live here.

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