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Sky Sunday – Red burning sun

I took this photo 55 minutes before. The sun looks like a huge red ball with a few moments before descending below the horizon. It does not always have this color. I’m wodering why?

I share this photo with the Sunday Sky challenge. 

“If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

  • Do you know why is the sun red at sunset? (Tell me in a comment if you know!)

    • Yes
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Written by Ileana Calotescu


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    • Thank you, Alex!?
      The angle at which the light from the sun shines during sunset and sunrise is very small. The distance traveled by the light through the atmosphere is the longest and therefore the colors that reach us are red and orange (which have the highest wavelength), while the other colors( with smaller wavelengths)are lost due to diffusion. The phenomenon can be accentuated by the presence of water molecules, clouds, dust or pollutants.

  1. During sunset, the earth is rotating away from the sun. Most of the colors, like green and violet, get scattered before the light reaches the earth. Since red is scattered the least, it is this color that we see as it reaches us.

    Beautiful photo as always.


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