AskDefine | Define afterglow

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1 a glow sometimes seen in the sky after sunset
2 the pleasure of remembering some pleasant event; "he basked in the afterglow of his victory"

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after + glow


  1. the glow seen in the sky after sunset
  2. the light emitted by an incandescent object while cooling
  3. the light emitted by a phosphor after excitation
  4. the mildly euphoric feeling experienced after a pleasurable experience, especially after an orgasm or drug-induced high.

Extensive Definition

An afterglow is a broad high arch of whitish or rosy light appearing in the sky due to very fine particles of dust suspended in the high regions of the atmosphere. An afterglow may appear above the highest clouds in the hour of deepening twilight, or reflected from the high snowfields in mountain regions long after sunset. The particles produce a scattering effect upon the component parts of white light.
After the eruption of the volcano Krakatoa in 1883, a remarkable series of red sunsets appeared all over the world. These were due to an enormous amount of exceedingly fine dust blown to a great height by the volcano's explosion, and then globally diffused by the high atmospheric currents. Edvard Munch's painting The Scream possibly depicts an afterglow during this period.
image:dresden.afterglow.700px.jpg|An afterglow in Dresden, Saxony, Germany image:Afterglow.jpg|An afterglow in Slovenian mountains, near Triglav Lakes Valley
afterglow in German: Abendrot
afterglow in Korean: 노을
afterglow in Dutch: Avondrood
afterglow in Japanese: 夕焼け
afterglow in Polish: Zorza poranna
afterglow in Chinese: 晚霞餘暉

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