A brilliant sunset on Monday bathed Winnipeg in an orange glow reflected on wet streets following an evening rain.

Scott Young, who oversees science gallery exhibits and Planetarium shows at the Manitoba Museum, called it one of the top five sunsets he's ever seen.

He said it was caused by a combination of two things:

  • Smoke in the sky from forest fires in Western Canada and the Northwest Territories

Smoke particles in the atmosphere scatter out some of the colours in the light spectrum but red light can penetrate it better, so it comes through stronger.

  • A nice layer of clouds.

The clouds acted almost like a mirror to reflect the light down back to the ground so it could be seen much longer than usual.