Why is the Sky Blue?

Light travels in waves, just like sound or energy in water.

When light shines from the sun, it hits air particles and scatters. Light waves contain every color of the rainbow, and these waves all separate in the atmosphere.

Blue light waves are the shortest and scatter the most easily, so they make the sky look blue. Reflection of the Earth’s surface plays a role in colors that we see, but this does not affect the color of the sky nearly as much as scattering.

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