We were more or less over the Tonga islands and close to the border with Western Samoa during the travel between Auckland and Rarotonga (Cook Islands), in the Southern Pacific.
It was the sunrise, but it was also the moment when we crossed the International Date Line (as the tv-monitor of the plane remembered us!).
We leaved Auckland on a Monday and we arrived in Rarotonga on a Sunday!
We choose that direction of our Round the World travel excatley to have one day more of vacation! In the opposite direction we had lost one!
The International Date Line (IDL) is an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth opposite the Prime Meridian which offsets the date as one travels east or west across it. Roughly along 180° longitude, with diversions to pass around some territories and island groups, it corresponds to the time zone boundary separating +12 and -12 hours GMT (UT1). Crossing the IDL travelling east results in a day or 24 hours being subtracted, and crossing west results in a day being added.
The first date-line problem occurred in association with Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe. The surviving crew returned to a Spanish stopover sure of the day of the week, as attested by various carefully maintained sailing logs. Nevertheless, those on land insisted the day was different. Although now readily understandable, this phenomenon caused great excitement at the time, to the extent that a special delegation was sent to the Pope to explain this temporal oddity to him.
For a large part, the International Date Line follows the meridian of 180° longitude, roughly down the middle of the Pacific Ocean. However, because the date to the east of the line is one day earlier than that to the west of the line, the line deviates to pass around the far east of Russia and various island groups in the Pacific, no country wanting to have – at least during ordinary daytime hours – its citizens functioning on two different dates. Thus, the two largest deviations from this meridian both occur to keep the date line from crossing nations internally.
In the South Pacific, the dateline swings east such that various islands administered by New Zealand (which lies west of 180°) are on the same date with New Zealand.
The International Date Line can cause confusion among airline travelers. The most troublesome situation usually occurs with short journeys from west to east.
For example, to travel from Tonga to Samoa by air takes approximately two hours, but involves crossing the international date line, causing the passenger to arrive the day before they left.
This often causes confusion in travel schedules.
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teutza (10590) 2007-01-23 5:13
the colors of the sky are amasing!!
isabela_sor (47748) 2007-01-23 5:13
This photo is just incredible!!!No needs words!!Congratulations,Paolo
A nice day
papagolf21 (98732) 2007-01-23 5:15
Bonjour, mon ami Paolo,
Je pensais qu'au-dessus des nuages, le ciel était toujours bleu !
Merveilleuse prise de vue, nous sommes immergés dans ces flots de couleurs plus belles les unes que les autres.
Une très belle réalisation.
pat0500 (21561) 2007-01-23 5:16
Lovely great picture and very beautiful coulours of the sky..!
Very impressive shot..I like much..!
triptych2003 (1534) 2007-01-23 5:23
crikey look at those colours... fantastic scaling here too. the effect on the underside of the cloud works really nicely i think. well done
besnard (56030) 2007-01-23 5:32
Très belle composition avec des couleurs que l'on est loin d'imaginer lorsqu'on est au ras du sol.
Merci pour ce spectacle et bonne journée.
ChrisJ (111674) 2007-01-23 5:35
Wonderful horizontal layering & banding, with superb colour & softness. A good result for shooting through a plane window. Tfs!
pastadog (13111) 2007-01-23 6:26
Ciao Paolo, you have a great style of your own for these sunrise/sunset skyscapes, in great strips of colors - and tones on the clouds, cheers ;) Daniel
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2007-01-23 6:53
Well composed, interesting colours. Strong atmosphere imposing peace and quiet!
cimcim (3712) 2007-01-23 7:23
Amazing colours,gives peace and quiet feeling... you always make good works!
Muse (34942) 2007-01-23 7:54
Que de belles couleurs!
Une toute bonne compo..
Budapestman (82620) 2007-01-23 8:54
This is a stunning and mysterious impression. What a gorgeous and particular sky! Impressive and very spectacular atmosphere. Beautiful shot!
Thank you, nice days
feather (51130) 2007-01-23 10:06
Stunning sunrise colours. It's an absolute necessity to take a photo of this phenomenon.
chrisnet (22948) 2007-01-23 11:08
Yes the sky is amazing, you have captured a marvellous moment.
Good exposure, great colors, thanks for this wonderful image.
cunejo200 (7281) 2007-01-23 11:26
Hi Paolo: It's good to have a beautiful sunset image taken from up in the sky to remember crossing the date line. Gorgeous vibrant colors. Excellent quality for a scanned image. Greetings! Danilo
carper (96) 2007-01-23 12:32
another art photo of yours Paolo,
fantastic colours, I think there are moderne art people ywho want this in a frame hanging on the wall, very good photo job here.
jhm (150812) 2007-01-23 13:12
A very apart picture but a lovely great picture and very beautiful coulours at the sky. Very well scanning image!
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice evening,
bostankorkulugu (42416) 2007-01-23 13:15
superb colour palette paolo... clouds over clouds over clouds... magical...
leonorkuhn (16235) 2007-01-23 14:10
You took a photo from an airplane! You had only a brief moment of golden light. Nice shot, great colors.
tjanze (5674) 2007-01-24 3:31
Good softness.Work great on this photo.Colors are amazing.
Great composition with clouds on both sides.
View for gods.
cherryripe (21033) 2007-01-24 5:05
I also laugh explaining to clients (I'm a travel agent) about what happens when you cross the International Date Line. I always have to be careful too to book the hotel on the right date.
Anyway I like the strong colours and textures created by the dramatic clouds.
Cricri (117347) 2007-01-25 3:07
C'est des moment magique comme ceçi qui reste graver dans la mémoire tellement c'est fantastique
superbe couleurs au dessus des nuages.
bonne journée à toi
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-01-25 3:33
An impressive POV.Fantastic atmosphere with warm colours. Good work. Congratulations my friend...
Have a nice day...
jaja1970 (1304) 2007-01-27 5:00
This is a fantastic job!
Colors and pov are Perfect.
Very well captured.