Questions tagged [visible-light]

Questions regarding a wavelength of light ranging from 380 to 700 nm. This is the spectrum that we can see.

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How can the author of this article conclude that earth-shine on the moon is 100 times brighter than moon-shine on earth? [duplicate]

I don't understand the reasoning of the author of this article, on page 26. How can he conclude that full earth-shine on the moon is 100 times brighter than full moon-shine on earth?
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Which unit is most suitable in comparing needed light intensity for night reading on the Moon, vs on Earth?

Which unit is best to use, and why, when determining how many times easier it is to read a newspaper (or any other printed text) on the moons surface at night under a full earth, compared with reading ...
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Starlight: are the rays that we see here on Earth parallel?

Are the rays of light emitted from stars that are perceived by an eye here on Earth parallel? Do they travel in a straight line from the star to the eye, never crossing, and equidistant? Do they ...
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Is there any scientific correlation between cold nights and star-lit skies?

I've many times heard expressions such "cold, starry nights". It's apparently poetic to describe star-lit night skies as being "cold". Is this based on reality in some way? Is ...
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Can an average person see stars from the bottom of a well or through cardboard tubes? Definitive answer required!

A debate about seeing stars or planet during the day below this answer to the Aviation SE question At what altitude might a pilot be able to see at least the brightest stars during the day? seems ...
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Is Jupiter as opaque as it looks?

Although it is impossible to tell what is and isn't false color (aside from the adage that it probably is false). It's inarguable that no picture of a gas giant shows any depth or significant ...
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Do Satelites travel in train like formation? [duplicate]

This morning approx 5.30am i seen roughly 12 travelling in perfect formation approx 15cm apart , im 200km south of sydney Australia travelling from a north west direction
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Is Olbers' Paradox Nonsense? [closed]

Ok, this is a bold question, I know. But, let me explain: After first hearing about Olbers' paradox, I found that something seemed 'off' about it, so I looked into the subject as much as my skills (...
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Can a star emit a larger fraction of its total light in the visual range than the Sun does

If one sets both the bolometric and visual luminosity of the Sun to 1 (and use a linear scale), can a star then have a higher visual than bolometric luminosity? It makes sense that this will not be ...
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What is the intensity distribution of visible light over the solar disk?

What is the distribution of the visible spectrum over the solar disk? Images of the Sun using the visible spectrum suggest that the light emmitted from the edge is almost equal to the light emmited ...
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Why do I see rainbows around the moon?

Regularly, I see rainbows around the moon. Here is approximately what I see: Right at the edge of the moon, I see a bright blue ring of light. Further out, I see an inner rainbow. This is not as ...
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Are any bow shocks seen in the visible spectrum?

Are any of the images of bow shocks created from visible light, or are they all from infrared light? While I'm including two of the better known images, my question is about any known bow shock. LL ...