Gloaming is a poetic term for "twilight," or the period of day immediately following the setting of the sun. The nicest part about summer evenings is searching for flashing fireflies in the twilight. That lovely time of day when the light has mostly faded but it isn't quite dark? That is referred to as the gloaming.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines twilight as "the last glow of daylight on an evening sky" and gloaming as "the dimness that precedes night." I like these definitions because they don't just describe what happens at a particular moment in time, but rather how things are understood during certain periods of time.
During summer evenings, the sun sets late and rises even later. So, there is plenty of time left before true darkness falls. The term "twilight" may lead you to believe that it will be completely dark soon after sunset, but that is not true. Stars can be seen with the naked eye during twilight, so it is not necessary to use a telescope to enjoy this time of day.
Fireflies also remain active during twilight. They use bioluminescence to attract mates and ward off predators. Thus, they are able to continue doing what they do even after dark has fully fallen.
Finally, the term "gloaming" makes me think of something mysterious or magical about twilight. As I mentioned, it is the period of day immediately following the setting of the sun.
Twilight in the evening is called dusk. Dawn is the first light of morning.
Dusk is usually defined as the time of day when daylight and darkness are equal. However, since daylight varies over the course of a year, using the phrase "daylight and darkness are equal" makes no sense. Instead, astronomers use the term "dawn" to describe the beginning of daylight and "dusk" to describe the beginning of night. Dawn and dusk can occur at any time of the year, but they're most common in the spring and fall, respectively.
During the summer months in the northern hemisphere, if it gets dark before 5:00 p.m., you will need artificial light to see what's going on around you. The sun goes down later and later each day, which means that there is less and less sunlight during the hours of darkness.
This problem does not exist for those living in the southern half of the globe because they do not experience winter nights. On the contrary, winter nights are bright with moonlight and starlight because it is cold outside and objects appear closer together.
The term "dusk" is often used in ordinary English as another name for evening twilight—the period from sunset to nightfall. Nightfall, sunset, and eventide are also colloquial synonyms. In certain circumstances, dusk also refers to the setting of the sun. For example, when describing an eclipse of the sun, scientists sometimes use the term solar dusk to describe how quickly darkness descends upon Earth during a total lunar eclipse.
Dusk occurs when the Sun has reduced its brightness to the point where you can no longer see it without a light source. As daylight fades, the color temperature of the sky increases, starting with the blue tint of morning and progressing through the yellowish-white of midafternoon into the red of late afternoon and evening. At some points along this path, clouds may cover the sky, blocking out the Sun for a few minutes or longer. These breaks in direct sunlight are called eclipses or nichos.
During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon completely covers the Sun's face, so there is no direct sunlight anywhere on Earth except at the edges of the Moon's shadow. However, since the Moon is fully illuminated from the Earth side, every place on the edge of its shadow will experience a decrease in illumination compared to places farther away from the center.
In most cases, the "dusk to dawn curfew" lasts 12 hours, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Twilight or two-light occurs when the sun is just below or above the horizon and riots of color decorate the sky at dusk and daybreak. Sunrise is the next new thing, followed by sunset.
The amount of time that elapses between one nightfall and the next depends on what part of the world you're in. If it's the United States, we spend nearly 24 hours without sleep because there are around 30 minutes of daylight everywhere on earth during the winter months and around 36 minutes during the summer. The length of a day is also dependent on how high up you are. At the top of this article, for example, where there is no sunlight all day, a day is only about 20 hours long.
At the equator, where there is no change in daytime temperature, the day is almost exactly 12 hours long. Near the poles, however, where the temperature varies greatly throughout the day, days are much shorter. In Antarctica, for example, the day is less than 10 hours long because it gets dark so early in the season that there is not enough time for true nighttime temperatures to come down.
Days are getting longer as well as shorter across the planet.
Evening is the time of day between the conclusion of the afternoon and the start of the night. Evening begins and finishes at different times depending on location, time of year, and culture, although it is typically considered to begin when the sun is low in the sky and last until the end of twilight. The word "evening" comes from the Old English eorðan, which in turn comes from a root meaning "sunrise." Thus, evening is the time of day when sunlight ends and darkness begins.
In English usage, "evening" only applies to the period from the beginning of daylight to the beginning of night. At other times of the day, such as early morning or late night, different words are used: "morning" or "night" respectively. Similarly, while it is commonly thought that humans do not sleep during evening, many cultures have traditions about sleeping during this time for religious or cultural reasons. As a result, before bedtime, some people will watch television or use their smartphones for more entertainment than reading emails or doing homework.
The length of an evening varies according to where you are on Earth. In London, England, evening starts around 5 p.m., but since London sits on top of several geological formations including clay and gravel, its climate is often described as temperate. In fact, if you walked outside at 5 p.m. today you might still see direct sunlight because it was summer outside!
The time of day depicted in the poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is the shift from evening to night. The sun has gone down, and it is dark outside.
This poem was written by Thomas Gray. It was first published in 1751. The churchyard in which the poem describes as being written is located near Grasmere in Westmorland, England. This region is known for its beautiful countryside and many historic sites.
Night has fallen over the village of Grasmere. But even at night, there are people around who work on farms or in restaurants, etc. They must keep working even after sunset because they need the money to live.
There are several things that you can learn from this poem. First of all, it tells us about the time of day. Since it is nighttime, then it must be late in the day. Also, since it is a country churchyard, then it must be near midnight when the poem was written. Finally, we can also assume that there is some kind of mourning going on in the poem. Perhaps someone close to the poet has died? We will learn more about this later in the essay.