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Twilight at Lake Yellowstone, Wyoming imaged by Michiel de Boer August 18, '08. Image ©Michiel de Boer.

A supervolcano is a few miles beneath the lake. A few miles above, the sky glows with sunlight scattered by ash and sulfate aerosol from volcanoes in the Aluetian Islands.   "Even on the way back [to Europe] in the airplane I could see it. It looked just like smog, but it seemed to be even higher than the airplane." The high altitude volcanic ejecta produces glorious sunsets, rays and Bishop's rings.