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The Earth’s shadow cast on the atmosphere looks like a dark blue-purple band along the horizon. Above it glows the pale orange “Belt of Venus” created by sunset light reflecting off the atmosphere. Anti-crepuscular rays (shadows cast by clouds in the direction of the sun) are also seen. (Photo by Bob King)

Astro Bob column: Sights from the airplane

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Are you like me and try to get a window seat on your cross-country flights?

I always bring a book but never read it because of the constant but pleasant distraction of staring into space 35,000 feet above the surface of the planet.

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