Red rainbows at sunset

Sunset and sunrise rays travel long paths through the lower atmosphere where they are scattered by air molecules and dust. Short wavelength blues and greens are scattered most strongly leaving the remaining transmitted light proportionately richer in reds and yellows. The result, glorious sunsets and red rainbows.

Image credit: Jerry Xiaojin Zhu


Posted 1 year ago with 984 notes
Tagged:rainbowred rainbowphysicssciencesunlightsunset

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