5 Facts You Didn't Know About Sunsets

5 Facts You Didn't Know About Sunsets

Summer is the best sunset watching season

One of the things I love to do during the summer is watch sunsets. I realized, though, that I didn't know too much about them so I decided to look up some interesting facts. So the next time you look at a sunset you can impress the person you are with by your knowledge of sunset trivia.

1. Sunsets happen because of the Earth's atmosphere

If the Earth was airless, let's say, like the moon then the sun would look the same as it was dropping behind the horizon. But due to our 300 mile atmosphere, we get the scattered effect of light as the atmosphere acts as a prism.

2. The sun starts to lose color as it sets

As the sun starts dropping to the horizon it starts to lose its blue wavelength hues, then its green and yellow hues, and eventually orange, leaving only red wavelengths. That is why the sun at the end of a sunset will look like a ball of fire.

3. By the time you see the sun set, it's actually gone

Have you ever been told that some of the stars you are looking at are already dead because of the time it takes the light to travel? Well the same thing sorta happens with the sun, except the sun doesn't die every night. Again thanks to our atmosphere, which bends light, we are able to see the sun setting. If this is a little confusing, please look at the picture below.

4. Pollution causes those prettier sunsets

Sad, isn't it? It will make you think twice when you look at a stunning sunset. Smoke particles are great for filtering out colors, leaving pinks, reds, and oranges become more vivid. But if pollution gets too high, the sky will just look hazy, leaving a murky sunset that no one really appreciates. This is happening a lot in Rome due to their pollution problem.

5. "Red sky at night, shepherd's delight; red sky in morning, shepherd's take warning." This quote is actually true.

The bright, red, pure colors at night mean that the air is clear to the west and will be good weather in the morning. A red sky in the morning means that good, high pressure weather has already passed meaning low pressure weather (storms) will be coming to the east.

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Don't Rain On My Parade: An Ode To My Love Of Rain

Rain may bring grey skies, but that's where imagination lies!

As I sit here writing this, the calming sound of rain dripping in the background echoes outside my window. There is something so peaceful and calming about the rain, yet so many people I talk to extremely dislike it. Now, I grew up with very little rain. I was raised in San Diego and now live in Phoenix, two places with probably the least amount of rainfall in the country, yet I love it.

Most often when those grey skies roll in and it gets cooler, I just want it to rain and just about every time I say I want it to rain, I get some sort of backlash from most people. From "Why do you want it to rain? It's way too wet" to "No get rid of the rain and the cold. The sun and heat are way better."

Now don't get me wrong, it's not like I don't enjoy warm sunny days, but I would rather have rainy ones. There is just something so unique about rainy days. Besides being able to go and jump in puddles and just have some fun, rainy days bring so many other cozy moments.

For all my book nerds out there, being able to sit down with a nice book, a warm blanket, and a cup of tea or coffee with the sound of rain in the background is just about one of the best things to do. Even if you don't like reading, you can't go wrong with a nice cozy day. Also, just because it is raining does NOT, by any means, mean that you can't go outside and do fun things.

I remember one time when I was younger that my mom and I went to Disneyland on one of the few rainy days in Southern California. Let me tell you, it was one of my favorite trips because we were able to go on so many rides because nobody wanted to go to the park in the rain. Seriously though, just throw on a good rain jacket and get some warm drinks and you will have such a fun time.

On top of the coziness and fun that you can have with the rain, the rain itself is just wonderful in and of itself. There is always that moment when you can tell that it is going to rain just when you step outside and get that scent of rain in the air. Now I don't know about you, but if that isn't already a Bath & Body Works candle scent, it should be! It's such a nice clean and fresh scent that just so wonderful to me.

In addition to this, even if you don't like the rain, you gotta admit that it does make stuff look really pretty. I mentioned this before, but just listening to the rain is so soothing, it's basically a natural noise machine to help you sleep. I could listen to the rain for hours, it's such a beautiful sound.

In the end, to everyone who gives me a hard time about loving the rain, I don't care because I've loved, love, and will always love the rain. I won't let your cloud of dislike rain on my parade as I go out and be in the rain! Whether you love rain or sun, just keep on loving whatever you love because it's your life and people not liking the things you like shouldn't get you down!

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Dear Mother Nature

I love you, but we need to have a little chat.

Dear Mother Nature,

You know how much I love you. You're beautiful, you give us the ability to live literally on your skin, but girl... this weather, has got to stop.

I understand, I really do, that life is hard, and especially as women, we can be super indecisive. No judgment here on that. But, you're really hurting my feelings about this whole, 40-degree weather for one day then a snow storm the next... you know what I mean?

I know that I'm here in New York and you're probably thinking, "You need to leave this place, like, it's New York, come on." But here's my argument.

I know it's going to snow here, every winter, forever (well, let's hope. Because if it doesn't snow in New York than that's a problem), but let's get back to normal seasons! What do you think?! Let me break it down for you.

Spring. Spring is the second season of the year, and it's the most uplifting. When the snow starts to melt, the flowers start to grow, and the birds start chirping, ugh. I love it. Sometimes we get a little snow in April but girl, I get it. No one's perfect. You're trying your best and I am here to back you up, always.

Let's head to summer. Summer is one you do an amazing job with. Sunshine, some thunderstorms, the heat, humidity. Amazing. Everything is where it's supposed to be. You're doing amazing.

Next, to Fall (my favorite)! Fall is just an amazing season. The leaves changing gives the air a specific scent. It's the season of apples, pumpkins, HALLOWEEN, and sweaters. So beautiful! But sometimes, you throw us a little curve ball, with a little pre-Winter snow. Do you get impatient, I mean, it is beautiful! But girl, that snow is cold! Can we keep Autumn and Winter separate? The snow is just... ugh. We all know it's coming and just want it to hold off. I think we're only really safe from it in Summer. Wait... right?

And here we are. Winter. The longest 3 and a half months of all of our lives. I know you wanna keep us on our toes so throwing in some warmer days and teasing us with the snow melting is a little cheeky. Once in a month is okay, like you can get away with that. Twice in a month, eh. But girl, when you start throwing in a 45-degree day each week........WHY. You're driving us CRAZY! WE ARE CRAVING THAT SUNSHINE, ONCE WE GET IT FOR ONE DAY AND YOU TAKE IT AWAY....IT'S LIKE TAKING CANDY FROM A BABY!

KEEP THE SEASONS SEPARATE! Whenever we think the snow is starting to melt, we get tricked and wake up the next morning with 3 inches! Stop! It's madness!

I'm sorry. I got out of control. I just feel so emotional. I just hope you understand how much this means to us.

Thank you, and I love you always,

A Cold New York Girl

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