Why is the sun white in the afternoon but orange in the evening?
From like 1-4pm the sun is white. But than at like 5 o'clock to 8pm the sun is orange. Why is the sunlight shine white in the afternoon. But is orange in the evenings?
- D1218Lv 51 month ago
It's already been up there. The higher it is the lighter it is.
- ZirpLv 71 month ago
because the athmosphere works as a prism. At noon, all light penetrates the athmosphere equally. At sundown, the red light is refracted more than other colours, so you see the red light while the other colours literally go over your head
- TomLv 71 month ago
The Sunlight where YOU are at Sunset, is traveling almost Horizontally through the atmosphere, much further and getting a lot more bent by it than it does when it shines down, earlier, through the first 100 km or so. Some of the light even shines OUT of the atmosphere on the other side, as the Earth curves down and away.---And spreads out as in a PRISM, breaking the light out into prismatic COLORS. From our viewing angle, though we can only see the red to orange part of the spectrum as the blue end is angled too far outwards to see. In some special clear conditions we might catch a flash of a bit of GREEN light for a split second, if we know where to look.
This is also why a MOON in Eclipse looks RED -----If you see the EARTH (from the moon) hiding the sun behind it, you will see a black ball with a ring of RED light all around it as the light behind the Earth leaks around it through the atmosphere----as the light is bent at the edge is being spread like in a prism----and you still see only the red end as the other colors are bent up past your viewing angle. It's this red light that reflects off the moon in a lunar eclipse.
- CarolOklaLv 71 month ago
There are multiple reasons this happens. As the Sun gets closer to the horizon, the sunlight goes through thicker and thicker layers of atmosphere that act like a prism retracting the sunlight into different colors. Rayleigh scattering by the molecules of the atmosphere scatter those colors toward the ground AND into the atmosphere. The Sun and sunlight turns yellow, then orange then red orange.
IF there is ANYthing IN the air, from nanoparticles of soot from wildfires or forest to dust to sand, that makes the sunlight redder. If you are lucky, you might catch the green flash as the Sun is rising or setting. It doesn't last for long, maybe a minute and a half.
During the 1980s before the Clean Air Act went into effect, you often could see a layer of yellow air pollution above the western horizon. The clean air act WORKED.
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- Anonymous1 month ago
Because when the sun attempts entry to the Earth it always burns up, then it retreats and starts anew the next day.Source(s): Science
- Bill-MLv 71 month ago
It is called Pollution. Dirt, Smoke in the Air. In bad areas the sun is even Yellow or orange at high noon. India is one place where the Pollution is that bad.
- TopazLv 61 month ago
The atmosphere changes in relation to the sun's horizon
Beautiful isn't it. Our Creator loves us enough to give us pretty sunrises and awesom evenings
- SemiconsciousLv 51 month ago
Because when it's on the horizon, you're looking at it through more atmosphere. It's like when you put a filter over a camera lens.
- MogLv 71 month ago
Because of the angle that the sun’s rays hit the atmosphere