Saturday, August 19, 2006

Rayleigh Scattering



Changes in directions of electromagnetic energy by local variations in refractive index caused by the presence of dispersed species whose size is 1/16 wavelength or less than the wavelength of the incident light.

It's also just pretty.

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Why the sky is blue and sunsets are red, references here and here.

9 comments:

Ontario Wanderer said...

Beautiful sunset! Great photo!

Belle said...

beautiful

thanks for the viewing op.

Hick said...

Wowsers!

That is bee-utiful.

KFarmer said...

Very beautiful indeed. We should all take direction from you to watch and enjoy more sunsets. You have given me inspiration! :)

Floridacracker said...

Nice ... a beautiful sunset always takes me back to Pensacola.

swamp4me said...

Could have used that photo back in my teaching days...my physics classes would have loved it.

And yes, it is also just pretty :)

Ron Sullivan said...

I came back to look a second time this morning, as the sky here and now is the uniform gray of that infamous morning fog.

Damn I love those colors. Yay for micro-processes on grand scales!

I Gallop On said...

Oh, that is pretty. The perfect sunset for sitting in a lawnchair with a glass of good red wine. ;-)

Rurality said...

Thanks y'all!