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Why is the sky reddish orange during sunset?

  1. plinka profile image56
    plinkaposted 6 years ago

    Why is the sky reddish orange during sunset?

  2. ronhi profile image76
    ronhiposted 6 years ago

    During sunrise and sunset the distance that the light has to travel from the Sun to an observer is at its greatest. This means the a large amount of blue and violet light has been scattered so the light that is recieved by an observer is mostly of a longer wavelength and therefore appears to be reddish orange.

  3. Dave Mathews profile image61
    Dave Mathewsposted 6 years ago

    The same reason applies during sunrise as it does sunset. It is the sun's rays hitting the horizon ant a certain angle the suns' light being red or orange illuminates the horizon.

  4. marymootoo profile image74
    marymootooposted 6 years ago

    Red sky a night shepards delight, red sky in the morning shepards warning. This can be due how much dry air and dust is in the atmosphere between you and the sun as where you have a red sun further afield they may see a yellow sun which indicates more moist air. You have seen the sun go down a bright burning yellow rather than a red this moist cold air. Add this to the fact that the sun comes through more atmosphere in the morning and evening thus changing its size and colour.