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Why can you see stars at night but not during the day? The reason that you cannot see stars during the daytime is that the sun’s rays overpower the faint light we see from the stars. During the night, when the sun’s rays are blocked by the other side of the earth, it is possible to see the faint light of the stars shining in space.
Why are the stars not seen in the daytime? Stars aren’t visible during the sunlit hours of daytime because the light-scattering properties of our atmosphere spread sunlight across the sky. Seeing the dim light of a distant star in the blanket of photons from our Sun becomes as difficult as spotting a single snowflake in a blizzard.
Why do we see stars at night but not in space? Our daytime sky is bright because of the diffusion of light through the atmosphere. Even in space, stars are relatively dim, and simply don’t produce enough light to show up in photos set for bright sunlight.
Where do the stars go during the day? The stars are still there in the sky during the day. You just cannot see them because the sky is so bright. In fact, there is one star you can see during the day—although you should NEVER look at it directly: the Sun, our local star.
From Earth, the Sun looks like it moves across the sky in the daytime and appears to disappear at night. This is because the Earth is spinning towards the east. The Earth spins about its axis, an imaginary line that runs through the middle of the Earth between the North and South poles.
We can see that with the right equipment and enough time, astronauts are able to observe many stars as well as the Milky Way, our home galaxy! They experience night about 16 times a day, which gives them many opportunities to observe the stars.
In space or on the Moon there is no atmosphere to scatter light. The light from the sun travels a straight line without scattering and all the colors stay together. Looking toward the sun we thus see a brilliant white light while looking away we would see only the darkness of empty space.
In the day the stars are still there, but you cannot see them because they are so much fainter than the sunlight that is scattered by our atmosphere. If the Earth had no atmosphere, then our daytime sky would be black like at night, except the sun would be a huge spotlight shining down at us.
Why? Yes, stars and constellations appear in the same place in the sky every night. This is because the Earth is moving so it looks like the stars and constellations are moving, but actually, we are!
As light from a star races through our atmosphere, it bounces and bumps through the different layers, bending the light before you see it. Since the hot and cold layers of air keep moving, the bending of the light changes too, which causes the star’s appearance to wobble or twinkle.
Stars shine because a huge amount of energy is created in their cores by a process called nuclear fusion. In about 5 billion years, the hydrogen in the Sun’s core will run out and the sun will not have enough fuel for nuclear fusion. So, in about 5 billion years, the Sun will stop shining.
Because this tilt changes, the seasons as we know them can become exaggerated. More tilt means more severe seasons—warmer summers and colder winters; less tilt means less severe seasons—cooler summers and milder winters.
(WMC) -Although we are used to seeing the moon at night, sometimes we can also see the moon during the day. This is because the moon is reflecting the sun’s light. When the moon is in a sweet spot in the sky, it reflects the light so much that it is brighter than the sky.
Astronaut Thomas Jones said it “carries a distinct odor of ozone, a faint acrid smell…a little like gunpowder, sulfurous.” Tony Antonelli, another space-walker, said space “definitely has a smell that’s different than anything else.” A gentleman named Don Pettit was a bit more verbose on the topic: “Each time, when I
Because space is a near-perfect vacuum — meaning it has exceedingly few particles — there’s virtually nothing in the space between stars and planets to scatter light to our eyes. And with no light reaching the eyes, they see black.
Therefore, the fart will not be smelled by the astronaut, although they may marinate in it for a time. When astronauts are not in the space suit and floating about, the fart smell is exaggerated by the lack of airflow from the recycled air used and its inability to mask any smell. Same goes in space.
The reason outer space is so cold is because cold is what you get when there is no source of heat nearby. Objects in space cannot cool off by thermal conduction or convection, but they can cool off by radiating infrared light. All objects do this, and they radiate more the hotter they get.
The blue color of the sky is a result of this scattering process. At night, when that part of Earth is facing away from the Sun, space looks black because there is no nearby bright source of light, like the Sun, to be scattered.
As with all matter, the sun emits a “black body spectrum” that is defined by its surface temperature. A black body spectrum is the continuum of radiation at many different wavelengths that is emitted by any body with a temperature above absolute zero. So one might say that the sun is blue-green!
Stars are present in the sky at both day and night. However, we cannot see them during the daytime because of the glare of the Sun. At night, in the absence of the Sun, the sky becomes dark and the light of the stars can be seen. That is why, we are able to see the stars clearly only at night.
No, the sky we see is not the same. As the earth rotates, the part of the sky that you can see will change – unless you are exactly on the North or South Poles, in which case the sky will appear to rotate around a point directly above your head so you don’t get to see any new stars as time goes on.
What has happened to the stars? Of course they’re still there, but we can’t see them because of light pollution: the excessive and misdirected anthropogenic and artificial light that has invaded our night skies. Stars have helped shaped human culture for thousands of years.
For the most part, the stars you see with the naked eye (that is, without a telescope) are still alive. These stars are usually no more than about 10,000 light years away, so the light we see left them about 10,000 years ago.
Stars are huge celestial bodies made mostly of hydrogen and helium that produce light and heat from the churning nuclear forges inside their cores. Aside from our sun, the dots of light we see in the sky are all light-years from Earth.
The good news is that if the Sun were to explode – and it will eventually happen – it wouldn’t happen overnight. During this process, it will lose its outer layers to the cosmos, leading to the creation of other stars and planets in the same way that the violent burst of the Big Bang created Earth.