Sunset in S’pore went from pink to orange to purple in 45 minutes on Dec. 14, 2017

Sunset in S’pore went from pink to orange to purple in 45 minutes on Dec. 14, 2017

Mothership.SG·2017-12-17 04:50

Social media in Singapore was awash in various shades of orange, pink and purple.

This was following an unusually colourful sunset across most parts of Singapore at dusk on Dec. 14, 2017.

Photos online showed the sky going from pink at about 6.20pm, to ombré orange at 6.35pm, before transforming into a light royal purple after 6.45pm.

Sure, the sun sets every night, but if you were still stuck in the office after 6pm, you’d have missed out on this:

Singapore is not fair. It better stop soon or I'm gonna have to move here. #sonya7rii

A post shared by " title="">Andrew White (@tsmandrew) on Dec 14, 2017 at 10:45am PST

Good for videos too:

Dusk in December 2018

A post shared by " title="">Weixiang Lim (@weixianglimsg) on Dec 14, 2017 at 7:39am PST

Today's sunset… It just leaves you speechless. / 오늘의 노을 진짜…. #andnightfalls #sunsets #singaporesunset #노을 #노을🌅 #싱가포르 #싱가폴

A post shared by " title="">🚣🏼 (@andnightfalls) on Dec 14, 2017 at 5:33am PST

Some of them made our city skyline look like a scene out of a sci-fi movie:

14/12 sunset pic.twitter.com/QwUZFyFGho

— charlie (@ilidieyana) December 14, 2017

Despite being on a plane, photographer extraordinaire Xavier Lur was not to be left out, snapping a pic from his window seat to further secure his Twitterati status.

This evening’s pretty sunset during my flight from Thailand to Singapore. pic.twitter.com/1qlVRUkzLN

— Xavier Lur (@xavierlur) December 14, 2017

How to predict pretty sunsets

Turns out that there’s a if this evening’s sunset will be Insta-worthy.

If there’s a heavy thunderstorm during the day, the rains tends to wash “large particles” out of the air.

Such particles absorb more light and scatters its wavelengths more equally, making the colours more muted.

So with them out of the way, you can enjoy a more dramatic-looking sunset.

Amazing sunset this evening! #sunset #singaporesunset #singapore #geylangriver #dakotacrescent

A post shared by " title="">Benson Puah (@4mmmms) on Dec 14, 2017 at 3:21am PST

There’s another advantage to a nice sunset — it’s less likely to rain the next morning.

That’s because the vivid colours at sunset indicate that there is a large swath of clear air off to the West (where the sun sets), which will reach you by the morning.

Perhaps it’s time to update the old saying of “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight”.

Let’s go with “Pretty Instagrams at night, MRT commuters’ delight”.

The sky over S’pore at evening twilight was a beautiful ombré pink. Here’s why

Dramatic ombré orange sky over S’pore at evening twilight on June 14, 2017

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