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- Explain giving reason why the sky appears blue to an observer from the surface of the earth
. Explain giving reason why the sky appears blue to an observer from the surface of the earth
What will the colour of the sky be for an astronaut staying in the international space station orbiting the earth? Justify your answer giving reason
Ans. Sky' appears blue. The molecules of-air and other fine particles in the atmosphere have a size smaller than the wavelength of visible light. So these particles scatter more effectively the light rays of shorter wavelength at the blue end than light of longer wavelengths at the red end. When the scattered blue light enter our eyes, it gives us the feeling of a blue sky.
Colour of sky to an astronaut. There is no atmosphere containing air in space to scatter sunlight. As there is no scattering of light in space, the scattered light , does not reach the eyes and the sky appears dark instead of blue to an astronaut in outer space.