Dawn vs. Dusk: Which Came First?

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Difference between Dawn and Dusk

The morning sky or dawn and the evening sky or dusk are two of the most beautiful sights that any person could see, and whether you decide to experience dusk is likely to be more dependent on whether you like to or have an occasion to wake up early or not! For in terms of sheer beauty alone, both the morning sky and the evening sky definitely have what it takes to draw a sigh of appreciation. Interestingly enough, it can be quite hard to tell both of them apart, especially if you are looking at a photograph. Here then are some of the distinguishing characteristics of the morning sky and the evening sky.



In terms of appearance, the morning sky and the evening sky are practically indistinguishable from one another barring the presence of geographical or atmospheric indicators. Both can be just as blue, although the morning sky will of course turn brighter as the day progresses. The morning sky is said to be the sky which attracts the gaze of angels. Perhaps this is because one can become a witness to the awesome power of the sun rising over the horizon to give life and light to all of the Earth’s life forces. The evening sky for its part will gradually transform into a purplish or bright orange hue as evening approaches. With the addition of clouds and particulates in the air, an entire spectrum of beautiful, seemingly painted brush strokes can fill the sky with color and plays of light.

Temperature And Atmospheric Conditions

You would think the temperature would be a good indicator of whether or not it is a morning sky or an evening sky, but keep in mind that in some parts of the world, the sunrise may be colder than the sunset. It would therefore be more helpful to look at atmospheric occurrences for a clue. Fog often accompanies the early morning sky, while the evening sky is more often characterized by haze. Again this may change depending on your particular location.

Figuring Out Which Is Which

In most cases, the morning sky and the evening sky are only easy to distinguish when you know what you are looking at. In fact, many people have often confused one for one thing the other when viewing them through photographs. That being the case, both become a lot easier to tell apart when the photograph contains other telltale elements in the frame. For example, you maybe able to tell whether the sun is shining from the east or the west by the lichens or moss growing on trees. Oftentimes, these telltale clues are the only ways to figure out whether you are looking at a morning sky about to bloom or an evening sky about to turn to night.

Similarities and Differences

Morning Sky

  • Just as blue as the sunset, although it may take on a brighter and lighter hue
  • Closer to the traditional image of "sky blue"
  • Is often lighter in shade close to the horizon where the sun rises
  • More commonly characterized by fog and/or mist

Evening Sky

  • May take on a more purplish hue than the morning sky, although it can be just as blue
  • Color may be affected by the light from setting sun and its effects on the upper atmosphere
  • May be characterized by fog from time to time
  • In warmer weather, may be characterized by haze

Which time of day feels more magical?
  • Dawn
  • Dusk

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