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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We're Trying To Get Back To Normal After A Tornado But Things Will Never Be The Same

We're just tyring to get as close to 'normal' as possible.

Those students that chose to return to campus did so this past week. For many of us this was the first time we had been on campus since before spring break, and ultimately before the tornadoes earlier in March.

The tornadoes swept from U.S Highway 431, down Alabama Route 204, through the main part of Jacksonville State University, and then into Georgia, leaving a significant amount of damage.

Aside from our academic buildings being damaged, neighbors of the college have lost cars, houses, and all their belongings. The greatest miracle of the entire event was that the university was on spring break when it happened. physical belongings can be replaced, but lives cannot and thankfully none were lost.

With the time being over a month passed, it is now for what most see, time to return to normal. Although we are returning to classes, beginning advisement, and even registering, it will never be the same.

We can take class after class but again, it will never be the same.

From the backside of the Houston Cole Library you can almost see Stone Center, this was never possible before, It is also a funny feeling driving over what used to be shaded roads, that are now in full sunlight. Trees around the International House totally gone, and even the sign is damaged. It's just oddness in the feeling of returning to school in what feels like a war-zone.

Martin Hall has asbestos warning signs up. It makes a person wonder how winds can destroy a building that has been standing for so long. It seems that some of the buildings have now be declared a loss. This is Such a sad time for such a friendly, and charming southern university. The State of Alabama has a law in place protecting historical monuments, markers, and buildings that have been built for a certain amount of time. This law declares that buildings must be rebuilt to their original specifications.

Although time may pass, flowers and trees regrow, buildings will be replaced, and sidewalks re-poured, things will never be the same.

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An Ode To Colorado

The mountains still have my heart.

Oh, my dear sweet Colorado. Even after living in New York City, I still have a devout passion and allegiance to you. Yes, I'm liking the city. Yes, there are some really cool things here, and it's wacky and cool. But Colorado, there is no one like you. There are just some things you have that no amount of cool things that you can do in a city can make up for. Such as-

The Mountains

Growing up in Colorado, the mountains were always there. They were just ALWAYS there in the background of any photo, any walk, anywhere and everywhere. Each town in Colorado had a different view of a different mountain range. Beauty is everywhere, even in the most mundane of places. I have a favorite photo -that I know I show people way too much- to illustrate this to my fellow New Yorkers. It's a photo of me and my best friend in the parking lot of the Starbucks I worked out. Nothing special right? Oh except for the absolutely breathtaking view of the Flatirons right in YOUR BACKYARD. Even though it's exciting to live in the city - I take one look at photos from Colorado and feel memorized, like I'm dreaming. How does such beauty exist?

The Weather

Wowie, Colorado has such an incredible weather. I was a fool to take it for granted. No humidity, 300 days of sunshine. 300 DAYS PEOPLE!! Also, contrast what everyone thinks, winters in Colorado aren't cold! Yes, it's no LA, but it sure isn't the winter of the east coast. I like to describe that the east coast has a 'bitter chill' in the winter, whereas Colorado, far away from any ocean has a pleasant mild weather.

The Chill Vibe

Boy, do I miss this sometimes. Yes, the friends you make can be chill. But when you are walking with a bunch of people in rush hour, it definitely feels anything but chill. I think a lot of it has to do with that people are so friendly in Colorado (and dare I say-happier) that the chill vibe is a consistent vibe evenly disturbed over the population. Also, wow my best friend in college always described me as a 'hippie'- to which I said-" I am no hippie." However, I realize now I AM SUCH A HIPPIE. And proud of it- hippies got it all figured out man.

The Outdoors

Ah, another thing I took for granted. Silly, silly me. Growing up I was surrounded by running trails, hiking trails, biking trails, climbing areas, EVERY outdoor activity you can picture. But eh, I wasn't into it. "No I want to live in the city, where there is stuff to do"- my little self thought. But wow, what a great gift nature is. Not only does it provide views, it provides activities that make us better, that make us remember what is really important. One of my professors once said " We love nature, because it makes us feel small, we realize we are a part of something great that was created by something bigger than us" I think that's very true, I find myself missing it. I know there are opportunities to find nature here- by going upstate, other states, etc- but I miss it being in my backyard.

It has Just Enough

When people ask me about Colorado, they seem to assume it literally doesn't have anything to do- as in bars, clubs, etc. Yes, it might not have an incredible nightlife scene filled with a billion hopping clubs on each corner or certain opportunities a city has. But it has just enough- a few clubs, a famous artist here and there, a bunch of bars and food spots you love to go to. There isn't an absence of these things as people may sometimes think- but there is just not an overkill of them. And honestly, what you get in return- chill vibes, friendly people, THE GREAT OUTDOORS, you really have everything you need to live a good life.

I may be in New York City now for the career opportunities- and yes I'm enjoying it- but my heart still resides in Colorado.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Ferguson

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