Curiosities: What is the color of the Sun?

By Eddy Montilla.


At first sight, this question looks like something very silly (which makes me giggle and makes the question itself more interesting too!). After all, who has not painted a yellow sun in his or her life? Who has not seen an orange sunset?

The Sun is not yellow, orange or red. What you see with your naked eye or what is captured by your camera is not always or necessarily right and true. If beauty, as the old saying goes, is in the eye of the beholder, colors too!! The Sun looks yellow because, compared to other colors, yellow is the brightest wavelength from the Sun that can be seen directly with your eyes or through the lens of your camera. The Earth’s atmosphere and pollution lead to the common misconception of a yellow sun and orange or red sunsets, etc. In essence, the Sun is not white either. It looks like that when viewed from the space because it emits light in all colors and when all these colors come together, we see what scientists call “white light”, which is the name given to what the human eye sees when all the colors that make up the visible light spectrum are combined. Therefore, the Sun is not white and this color is the result of all colors emitted by it.

When the Sun’s light is passed through a device like a prism, for example, it emits all C O L O R S (or almost all of them because this part seems to be a little bit unclear yet.). If the Sun emits all colors, we can say that the color of the Sun is in fact a mixture of all of them.

Now you know the answer, but give me a favor a take a look at this picture of a sunrise that I took a couple of days ago in the Caribbean Sea.


If you have the opportunity to see what I saw on that day with your family, with someone you love or alone if you want, forget everything you read in this blog and keep thinking that…The Sun is yellow!!!!!!

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