SkyWatch 35



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Why is the sky colorized?

On its way through the atmosphere some light rays are broken or shattered by molecules in the air, which brings colors to a blue sky and spectacular colors to the sunsets. It is the sun in combination with water and ice crystals in the clouds that generates these phenomenon’s with colorized clouds in various combinations and intensity.

During a sunset or sunrise the sun has up to 30 times the light distance from earth in comparison to mid day, and on its way the sunrays encounters everything from human made pollution, volcano eruptions, ash from fires with smoke and pollution from outer space. The light that we percept as white are a mixture of different colors like red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple. All the colors in the visual spectrum has its own wavelength where red and orange has the longest wavelengths and purple and indigo has the shortest. At sunset the sunrays meets way more molecules due to the longer distance, and disperses even more purple, yellow and green light. Because of this it’s only red and orange that are visible from the ground, and the same happens at sunrise. Its only when the sun is over the horizon that we can see the light as white.


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  1. åh vilken härlig bild 🙂 så vackert och rogivande….

    här är det bara dimma och tråkigt väder,, 🙂

    ha en skön kväll

  2. Fire in the sky! Simply wonderful.
    The scientific explanation is most interesting – thank you!

  3. Wow, fantastisk himmel 🙂

  4. Snadder dette, Rune!
    Flott skyer i nydelige farger!

  5. Nydleig Rune, vinterhimmel, helt klart 🙂

  6. Vilken härlig, dramatisk himmel. En bra vetenskaplig beskrivning också.
    Tur att jag inte är med för alla skulle ledsna på en jämngrå bild.
    Jag är glad för alla dina positiva kommentarer.

  7. Lovely photo and great explanation for why we see such beautiful colours at sunrise and sunset.

  8. What a marvelous explanation of our skies beautiful colors! Thank you so much for that! And thank you for the gorgeous capture of the sky at it’s best and most colorful!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  9. That’s a stunning sky. Remarkable.

  10. Guu va läckert. Det ser ut som en målning med mycket färg på duken. Tack för titten.

  11. Det var en levande himmel med varierande färger. Vackert!

  12. Helt underbara moln! Ljuvliga nyanser av sköna färger.

  13. Vilken vacker och dramatisk himmel du har fångat snyggt jobbat.

  14. Great lesson from your commentary.

    We don’t often get red, orange skies here.

  15. Kjempevakre farger på denne himmelen.

  16. Nice explanation and what a beautiful shot! Wow! Very nice.

  17. Amazing! Peaceful wonderful landscape.
    Ha en fin helg.

  18. Hej:)
    herre jisses .. vilka underbara bilder du har här på din blogg 🙂 Det var ju underbart att komma in hit och titta på alla de vackra bilder du har här 🙂
    Tusen tack för din fina kommentar hos mig 🙂

  19. What a magnificent sky! This is really spectacular! I love the cloud formations and the beautiful orange and yellow colors. Nice shot!

  20. Stunning sky! And, thank you for sharing your knowledge of the effect of light rays in the atmosphere. Beautiful!

  21. I love everything about this pic, its outstanding.

    All the best
    Regina In Pictures

  22. Vakker fargerik himmel!!! 🙂

  23. It’s an awesome sight. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Your photo is great! It’s really beautiful.

  25. Superb shot of stunning sky. Nice compisition too. Thanks for the information.

    Happy weekend.

  26. I love it when the sun paints the bottoms of the clouds! I know your explanation is more accurate, and thank you for giving it! Sometimes I do want the scientific!

  27. Wow! Can’t help but stare at it!

  28. A beautiful and informative post.

  29. Fabtastic sunset photo! Thanks for the explantation.

  30. Å så vackert! Underbara färger!

  31. Beautiful. Spectacular.

  32. That is an absolutely breath taking photo, very well done indeed!

  33. Fantastic sky – I love the colors

  34. Beautiful and interesting!

  35. Spectacular sky colours!.
    Useful note

  36. Rune: Beautiful colors in your photo and a super explanation of the happening.

  37. Vilken fantastisk bild.
    Din header är ju otroligt vacker också.

    ha en riktigt fin dag

  38. really beautiful photo and i like the information on why the colors of sunrise/sunset are reallyl spectacular.

  39. Awesome is all I can say. I have not seen a sky like this. thanks for giving me the chance to see it through your efforts.

  40. Stilig himmel!!!

  41. Beautiful photo brought to you by the speed of light. Thanks for the post

  42. I can always count on excellence when I click on your blog. Simply divine image.

  43. Wow, that is really beautiful.

  44. Otroliga ljusskiftningar. Vilken himmel!

  45. Nyyydelig himmel. Og det er jo det alt dette dreier seg om, ikke sant?

  46. Great explanation about why we get enjoy all those beautiful colours inour sky, perfect match for a great photo.

  47. Thank you for the beautiful scene, and the interesting color lesson.

  48. looks like doomsday, but so beautiful.

  49. Beautiful sky, interesting explanation!

  50. Haven’t stopped by in a while but your picture is as beautiful as always.

  51. That’s a beautiful sunset, Rune, and interesting explanation. Thanks for visiting my SWF.

  52. A beautiful photo – both the color and the light are wonderful.

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