A beautiful orange sunset was seen in the skies above Bolton last night, with many reaching for their cameras to capture the views.

Amongst those were members of The Bolton News Camera Club.

The Met Office has explained why the sky turns orange or red when the sunsets.

A spokesperson said: “At sunrise and sunset, the sun is very low in the sky, which means that the sunlight we see has travelled through a much thicker amount of atmosphere.

“Because blue light is scattered more strongly by the atmosphere, it tends to be scattered several times and deflected away in other directions before it gets to us.

“This means that there is relatively more yellow and red light left for us to see. At sunset, light has further to travel through the atmosphere.

“The shorter wavelength blue light is scattered further, as the sunlight passes over a greater distance, and we see the longer wavelength yellow and red light. These effects are a cause of Rayleigh Scattering.”

People rushed to The Bolton News Camera Club to share their stunning pictures.

Bob O’Brien shared several pictures of an orange, yellow sky with the clouds creating an atmospheric background.

The Bolton News: Bob O'Brien captured this stunning pictureBob O'Brien captured this stunning picture (Image: Bob O'Brien)LordAl Straughton also took to the camera club to share the gorgeous hues of blue and orange with the contrast of dark clouds too.

The Bolton News: Wow this picture is stunning taken by LordAl StraughtonWow this picture is stunning taken by LordAl Straughton (Image: LordAl Straughton)Barbara Lane also shared pictures of her evening walk on Old Kiln Lane, her pictures show a beautiful scenery with nearby trees.

The Bolton News: Barbara Lane captured this beautiful sunset on her evening walkBarbara Lane captured this beautiful sunset on her evening walk (Image: Barbara Lane)While the sun may be coming out for the sunset, the days in Bolton are set to be filled with heavy rain and mostly cloudy skies.

Today, January 31, will see highs of 9°C with rain forecast between 3pm and 8pm, while tomorrow will be cloudy all day with highs of 7°C.

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