• Question: Why is the sky blue?

    Asked by ring362ham to Sameed, Jose, Joanna, Heidi, Freya, Chris on 22 Nov 2019. This question was also asked by bump362bat.
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      Freya Addison answered on 22 Nov 2019:


      Great question. The Sun is a black body (near enough) meaning it emits radiation for the full spectrum of Electromagnetic radiation. When the light hits our atmosphere, it is travelling through a different medium and is scattered. Blue is shorter than the other colours of the visual part of the spectrum and therefore scattered more than the others, which is why we see a blue sky most of the time. For more detail see here: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/blue-sky/en/

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