When you ask yourself: Why is the sky blue?
Here is a little series of posts which cover the most Googled questions on the internet. Most of these questions I will not be able to answer here, although I can offer a response if I happen to have one. The main idea of this series is to have a bit of fun discussing why people ask these questions so often.
For years we have been told theory upon theory on the subject, all of which have eventually been debunked. We’ve been told that the sky is blue because the sea is blue, but then we’ve also been told that the sea is blue because the sky is blue.😵
We’ve been told that the sky is blue simply because it is- and worse – we’ve been told that it’s blue because it contains water vapor and that, just like the sea, the colour of water vapor is also blue!😂
Well, with all these theories being bandied around, each just as interesting as the next, the child that I was would obviously want some real answers! Most of us, I imagine, relegated this question to the archives many moons ago and have since moved onto other things. But surely we should at least be informed of the basics concerning the huge dome that encases us?
In reality the sky acts like a gigantic prism. If the atmosphere was empty then the pure white light of the sun would penetrate it. Given that the atmosphere is not empty, but made up of gases, the molecules suspended in the air only allow one part of light to pass through, similar to what happens when we see a rainbow. When the sun is at its zenith we see the colour blue, and at dawn and dusk shades of orange. So now you know!
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Last Updated on September 13, 2021 by Coach Danny