Sunset and Sunrise Huskisson NSW

Which Do You Prefer, Sunrise or Sunset?

Comparing sunrise with sunsets might seem trivial but still when you visit Huskisson in Jervis Bay there will be competition for your attention between beautiful sunrises and stunning sunsets.

Firstly, trying to compare the subjective beauty of sunrises and sunsets can be fraught with difficulties but whichever you decide you will pursue, then pursue with 'gusto'. Whilst there is an uncontrollable occurrence of both each day simply because the earth rotates, time is needed to take in or to 'drink in' the beauty of both.  Ponder the grandeur of creation and how the challenges of the day ahead may seem smaller or those that have already filled the day may drift away. But each moment that soaks in the grandeur of a sunrise or a sunset is always worthwhile to the soul. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take the time to enjoy these unique experiences.

Sunrises and sunsets are humbling, spectacular and also can be life affirming and breathtaking.  It has been said that they are 'blessed in their simplicity and impossible in their majesty'. Travelers are the ones who take in such mesmerizing adventures of the watching of a sun rise over a landmark or disappearing at the end of a day but at the same time creating expectations for the next.

Some Little Known Facts (ref 1)

  • Sunrises and sunsets are essentially the same phenomena but in reverse.
  • There is no natural cause for a significant optical difference between sunrises and sunsets.
  • The differences between them is often in the eye of the beholder.

What Causes the Colours of Sunset and Sunrise?

If you think of the seven colours when you see a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet they are caused when water droplets break white sunlight into its seven parts.Roy G. Biv is an acronym. Red has the longest wavelength and violet the shortest in this spectrum of amazing colours. If you think of the waves coming into a beach, then wavelength can be described as the distance between two wave peaks (or tops). The red end of the spectrum is also carrying less energy in its wave than the blue-violet end of the spectrum.

Scattering (or spreading) affects the colour of light coming from the sky. The short-wavelength blue and violet are scattered by molecules in the air much more than other colours of the spectrum. Therefore, blue, and violet light reaches our eyes from all directions on a clear day. But because we cannot see violet very well, the sky appears blue.

When the sun is low on the horizon, sunlight passes through more air at sunset and sunrise than during the day. More atmosphere means more molecules to scatter the violet and blue light away from your eyes. If the path is long enough, all the blue and violet light scatters out of your line of sight. The other colours, such as red, orange, and yellow continue their way to your eyes. Therefore, sunsets are often yellow, orange, and red.

So What Differences Might We See and Why?

Well it might be in your head or perhaps your eyes are playing tricks on you. At the end of the day, your eyes may be tired or there may be additional pollutants in the air obscuring your view. In the morning these factors are sometimes reversed. The morning may bring clearer skies.

Also in the morning, your eyes may be becoming accustomed to the light as it appears but the evening change is not so because our eyes may be slower to adjust to the darkening skies. Again, the morning may bring clearer skies.

Two factors might change the colours of sunrises and sunsets. Sunrises may have more beautiful red and yellow hues due to the clearer air, but dust particles in the air at dusk may scatter the light more fully across the sky.

Finally, a trick, because of the tilt of the sun there is a movement of the sun that may be seen that is different between sunset and sunrise. When viewing away from the equator sufficiently "the sun always rises at an angle up and to the right, and sets at an angle down and to the right." (ref 2)

Jervis Bay Sunrises and Sunsets - Where to View Them

Travelers who engage in the important art of stopping to take in the spectacular Jervis Bay sunrises and sunsets will likely not be disappointed. There are many white sand beaches that sunrise can be viewed from and in the west the sun sets beautifully over Currambene Creek or St George's Basin.

Sunrise or Sunset? You Decide But You Can Stay With Us  and Add These Experiences To Your Life Story.

You can book and pay online on our website (here) for your Jervis Bay accommodation in one of our stylish 2 bedroom apartments in Huskisson. 62 Owen at Jervis Bay always rates highly on various websites for accommodation in Jervis Bay! People will sometimes search directly for one of our Huskisson apartments by searching for: Jervis Bay Vista.

The Timing of Sunsets and Sunrises over Jervis Bay can be found at:




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