why does sky appear blue at noon and red at sunset???

Asked by  | 23rd May, 2009, 09:00: AM

Expert Answer:

The light you see when you look at the sky is sunlight that is scattered by particles of dust in the atmosphere. If there were no scattering, and all of the light travelled straight from the sun to the earth, the sky would look dark as it does at night.

At sunset or sunrise, the sunlight we observe has traveled a longer path through the atmosphere than the sunlight we see at noon. Therefore, there is more scattering, and nearly all of the light direct from the sun is red.

Answered by  | 30th May, 2009, 06:03: PM

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