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Where do the colorful sunsets get their color?.


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Well, to be perfectly blunt, dirt. *grin* To clarify, the dust in the air reflects red light and absorbs blue light. The dust (and some gasses, too.) in the atmosphere is blown up from land by the winds, and are the source of that old sailor's rhyme:

Red sky by night, sailor's delight;
Red sky by morning, sailor's warning.

By knowing what direction the dust was in, one could estimate the direction the winds were coming from, and thus could predict the weather with a fair amount of accuracy.

Wordsworth



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