Have you ever taken the time to stop what you’re doing to watch the sun go down? Or have you ever wondered what a sunset really is? Well, here are five facts about sunsets and how they happen to begin with.
1. Sunsets occur because of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Due to our 300 mile atmosphere, we get the scattered effect of light as the atmosphere acts as a prism. On an airless body like the moon, the sun at sunset would look no different at any time throughout the day. theodysseyonline
When the sun appears progressively lower and lower on the horizon, its light needs to pass through more and more of the atmosphere to reach our eyes. scienceblogs
Due to the time that it takes light to travel, the sun is already gone by the time you see it. Thanks to our atmosphere, which bends light, we are given the ability to see the sun setting.
4. Pollution adds to the making of sunsets.
Smoke particles are great for singling out colors, leaving pink, red, and orange colors more vivid. But if pollution gets too high, the sky begins to look hazy, which leaves a murky sunset that covers the sky.
The bright, red, pure colors at night mean that the air is clear to the west; this indicates there will be good weather in the morning. A red sky in the morning means that good, high pressure weather has already passed, indicating low pressure weather (storms) will be coming to the east. theodysseyonline