HyperPhysics: Blue Sky and Rayleigh Scattering Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
HyperPhysics: Blue Sky and Rayleigh Scattering
Description:
The brilliant blue color of the sky is due to scattering by molecules in the atmosphere.

- Visit HyperPhysics: Blue Sky and Rayleigh Scattering for detailed explanations about why the sky is blue and an overview of different kinds of scattering.
- See this University of California article to learn why the sky appears blue, not violet.
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Featured:
July 1, 2009 - July 16, 2009