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This May Shock You: The Sun ISN’T YELLOW!

Whenever someone asks us to draw a picture of the sun we all tend to reach for our brightest yellow colours, right?

What if we told you that the sun ISN’T ACTUALLY YELLOW?.

According to Fraser Cain, the publisher of Universe Today, the sun is white not yellow.

“If you could travel into space and look at the Sun without going blind, you’d find that it’s actually white, and not yellow.”

Apparently the sun is made up of every colour of the rainbow, and when these are evenly fed through our line of sight the sun is white.

“Using a prism, you can see how sunlight can be broken up into the spectrum of its colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. When you mix all those colours together, you get white.”

The weirdest part to this whole story is that the sun actually emits cyan (blue-green) colours more than any other colour.

Fraser explains that “our Sun appears yellow to us because of the atmosphere,”

 “When the Sun is close to the horizon, you’re seeing it distorted by more of the Earth’s atmosphere, scattering away the bluer (more light reflective) photons and making it appear red.”

 “If the Sun is high in the sky, where it has the least amount of atmospheric interference, it will appear more blue.”

Essentially the physics of light is playing a MAJOR trick on our eyes…

Business insider have created this helpful video to get a better idea


Now have no idea what colour to grab when asked to draw the sun…..

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