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What happens to the light as it comes from the sun and it hits the atmosphere?
Energy released from the Sun is emitted as shortwave light and ultraviolet energy. When it reaches the Earth, some is reflected back to space by clouds, some is absorbed by the atmosphere, and some is absorbed at the Earth’s surface. Shortwave radiation reflected back to space by clouds.
Is light affected by the atmosphere?
Particles and gases in the atmosphere can affect the incoming light and radiation. These effects are caused by the mechanisms of scattering and absorption.
What happens to the light after the nitrogen catches it?
Strand-like molecules attached to the metal center absorb light, specifically in the near infrared to ultraviolet range. In a fraction of a second, as light energizes the complex—and thereby supplies energy to convert nitrogen to ammonia—the light-absorbing molecules vibrate in synch with the nitrogen.
What happens to light waves as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere?
What happens to light waves as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere? Light waves speed up as they are reflected back into space. Light waves slow down as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere from space.
Does light travel in space?
In contrast, light waves can travel through a vacuum, and do not require a medium. In empty space, the wave does not dissipate (grow smaller) no matter how far it travels, because the wave is not interacting with anything else. However, light can also travel within some materials, like glass and water.
Which color of light bends the most?
Each beam of light, with its own particular wavelength (or color), is slowed differently by the glass. Since violet light has a shorter wavelength, it is slowed more than the longer wavelengths of red light. Consequently, violet light is bent the most while red light is bent the least.
What happens when light passes through the atmosphere?
Back to your question, getting through our atmosphere requires energy.Light, which has a lot of energy, so lots of it passes through our atmosphere. Then some of the light may be bounced back out (reflected). But some of it is absorbed by many things, such as the ground, water,trees, buildings, even you.
What happens when light hits a darker object?
Darker objects absorb light more than pale ones do. When an object absorbs light, it warms up. This is because light energy changes into heat energy.
What happens when light hits a transparent object?
EDDIE SAYS Transparent objects let light travel through them. Translucent objects let some light travel through them but some light is also absorbed by the object. Opaque objects do not let light travel through them, because they absorb various amounts of it (depending on their colour) and they form shadows.
How is the Earth’s atmosphere transparent to the Sun?
Well it is not actually heat from the sun….instead it is LIGHT… the Earth’s atmosphere is transparent to incident radiation (light) from the Sun. So the sunlight is able to easily travel through the Earth’s atmosphere and strike the surface of the Earth… say the dirt.