a mostly academic question, please (not for a homework assignment,
thankfully!). Suppose instead of the roughly 80% nitrogen/20% oxygen
atmosphere you had different gases--for fun use 80% argon and 20% xenon.
Would the resulting change in particle size change the Rayleigh scattering
such that the blue photons would be less predominant? Prince's "purple
sky", for starters?
Actually, I was at that exact website when I came up with the question! I
was simply (emphasis on simply) thinking the sky's color may be variable
with different atmospheric
gaseous contents. As best I could tell the equations given just mention the
number of scatterers, and did not specify the size/composition of the
scattering atmospheric particles. So, are you saying the Rayleigh
scattering would the same, regardless of the atmosphere's composition?
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