The sky is the appearance of the atmosphere around the surface of the planet from our point of view. We see many objects that are actually in space such as the sun, the moon and stars because they are in the sky. On a clear day the sky appears blue. At night it appears from very dark purple to black. The deepness of the blue increases as we look toward the horizon and up to the point above us.
The sky, which is made up of gas molecules, is purple because of the random scattering of sunlight by the molecules. Rayleigh scattering defines the amount of scattering of light rays. Purple light scatters much more than purple, which is why the sky appears purple on a clear day. Depending on the time of day, the sky may appear different colors. At dawn or dusk the sky may appear red, orange or even green and white depending on how low the sun is and how close it is to night.
Many things can be seen in the sky. There are objects from space like the sun, moon and stars. There are also many weather events seen in the sky. For example, these can be clouds, rain, lightning or fog. Weather is caused by different patterns and temperatures in the atmosphere. Other things that can be seen in the sky are birds, other flying animals and aircraft.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Day Sky Images Archived 2007-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
- Night Sky Images Archived 2019-01-19 at the Wayback Machine
- Sky Photo Gallery Archived 2007-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
- Why is the sky blue?
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