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Subject: Why is the sun yellow but the moon is white?

Date: Sun May 25 13:22:45 2003
Posted by Andrew
Grade level: grad (science) School: No school entered.
City: Cambridge State/Province: Cambridgeshire Country: United Kingdom
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1053886965.Ph

The Sun is yellow in colour, suggesting the light from it is predominantly
yellow. However the moon is white even during the day even though it is the same
light from the sun that has been reflected by the moon's surface. Similarly
clouds are white yet they are reflecting light from the sun. Why does the sun's
light on reflection look white if the sun's light is yellow?

Re: Why is the sun yellow but the moon is white?

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