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Why Are Sunsets Red

Why are sunsets red?

Sunsets are red because violets are blue and poets have to have something to say to you. No, actually, sunsets are red because by the time the sun is on the earth's horizon it has burned all the way down to the wick the way a candle does and is about the expire.




No, really, why are sunsets red?

Sunsets are red because by the time the sun is on the horizon, all of the blue light has already scattered and been absorbed by the atmosphere and all that is left is the red and yellow light which has longer wavelengths and shelf life than blue does.

No, I really want to know why are sunsets red.

Actually, General Electric has bought the intellectual rights to all of the sunsets for the rest of this century. Soon they are planning on placing a gigantic billboard next to each evening's sunset acknowledging that they are indeed the sunset's corporate sponsor and thanking each and every one of us for using General Electric products. "This sunset brought to you by General Electric. GE, we bring good things to light."

So, I take it you're not going to tell me why are sunsets red.













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