Why isn t the sun green?
If it s output peaks in green
- JulienLv 711 months agoFavorite Answer
I thought the peak of the Planck law was on the yellow, but maybe you're right: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BlackbodyS...
Then, I guess the shift from green to yellow could probably be an effect of Rayleigh scattering in the atmosphere: the same effect that makes the sun red at sunset, but not as strong.
Another possibility could be that it is an effect of the strong asymmetry of the Sun's power spectrum distribution: on the red side there is a long tail so that actually I think most of the energy of the Sun is in the infrared. This is more visible here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black_body...
- Tom SLv 710 months ago
Because "peak emission" and perceived "color" are not the same thing.
- Anonymous10 months ago
The sun is a mix of all colors i.e. red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet. That's why when you look at it through a prism you get wavelengths of light in all colors. The mix of all those colors are being broken up. That's also why rainbows are a ray of all colors. The water the sun shines through does the same because it acts as a prism.
- CliveLv 710 months ago
Because it PEAKS in green. It radiates at all other frequencies as well and they mix to make white.
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- GabeLv 610 months ago
Because it also gives off immense amounts of everything else at the same time!!!
- 10 months ago
Why is my **** brown
- CowboyLv 611 months ago
Human perception is an imperfect thing....if you want to see the true splendor of reality, You'll have to use the visual prowess of birds - they see colors we can't even dream about. Our lineage lost all color vision and only regained it through chance mutation - be happy we see as good as we can.
- aladdinwaLv 711 months ago
Yes, it peaks in Green, but Green does not dominate the other colors. The Sun's overall color is still a combination of many colors.
- goringLv 611 months ago
It was Goethe that indicated that green does not really exist. When we look at the Sun Its a bright white.
- Ronald 7Lv 711 months ago
It is true that the Sun's output is mostly in the Green part of the Spectrum
But our Eyes' perception of it is a Yellowy White
Whereas everything we would see would appear Black
- 11 months ago
While the peak output is in the green, it's overall output is all across the visible light range, and very bright - in space, the sun appears quite white... On Earth, due to our atmospheric effects, it appears yellow, due to some of it's light being absorbed.