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About sunset colors

The colors of the sunset result from a phenomenon called scattering. Molecules and small particles (dust particles, soot particles, other solid aerosols, and liquid aerosols) in the atmosphere change the direction of light rays, causing them to scatter. Scattering affects the color of light coming from the sky, but the details are determined by the wavelength of the light and the size of the particle. The short-wavelength blue and violet more »