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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 14, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1975
  • pp: 2831–2837

Sky color near the horizon during a total solar eclipse

Stanley David Gedzelman  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 14, Issue 12, pp. 2831-2837 (1975)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.14.002831


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Abstract

A theory for the color of the sky near the horizon for an observer in the umbral region of a total solar eclipse is presented. The model uses a Rayleigh scattering atmosphere, and the light reaching the observer is a beam of singly scattered sunlight, which, in turn, has suffered depletion by scattering in its passage from outside the shadow region. The model predicts both the red color observed in the lowest 8° of the sky for the total solar eclipse of 30 June 1973 and the enriched blue color of the sky at any elevation angle greater than the solar elevation angle. The model is also adapted to explain the reddening of the horizon sky observed during such times as when a dark cloud passes overhead or when the light from a large city is seen from the distance at night.

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History
Original Manuscript: June 13, 1975
Published: December 1, 1975

Citation
Stanley David Gedzelman, "Sky color near the horizon during a total solar eclipse," Appl. Opt. 14, 2831-2837 (1975)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-14-12-2831


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