Theron Pray's Comps Presentation
Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to attend Theron's presentation on Planetary Atmospheres.
Theron Pray Comps Presentation
Monday, March 3, 2014 8:30 am
Visible Phenomena of the Atmosphere
The atmosphere is the stage for many stunning phenomena that can be witnessed with the eyes alone. This paper aims to explore the physical processes that underlie the appearance of the color of the sky, sunsets, clouds, rainbows, and halos. First, a profile of the atmosphere is established based on the assumption of hydrostatic equilibrium. Next, analysis of the Clausius-Clapeyron equation allows exploration of the origins of clouds. Interactions between scattering in the Rayleigh and Mie regimes are invoked in discussion of sky color and sunsets. Finally, the geometric optics of precipitation that are responsible for the formation of rainbows and halos are illustrated.
Sponsored by Physics and Astronomy. Contact: Trenne Fields, x4383