Understanding Different Colors Of The Sun!

in science •  last month

Ever wondered why does the sun change its color throughout the day?


The light is made of seven colors, each color has its unique wavelength.

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Image source: Hyperphysics

During sunrise/sunset the sun is near horizon, and the light from the sun has to travel maximum distance to reach the surface of the earth.Thus, most of light of shorter wavelength scattered away by earth's atmosphere leaving only light of higher wavelength.

The horizon is the line that separates earth from sky.

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So in conclusion, at noon all colors reach equally to our
eyes then as the time passes sun light has to travel more distance and lights of shorter wave lengths gets scattered away. So at late afternoon sun would look yellowish and then orange and red.

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Image source: Scifun


References:

Quora | physlink



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Nice content, but there was a scope of more elaboration.

Nice content