Here’s why the sun above central Indiana looks red

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — You may have noticed a milky appearance to the sky Monday night, or even noticed the sun appeared red! This was due to smoke that was being brought in from wildfires and forest fires in the West.

The colors that we see in the sky have to do with the way light is scattered through the atmosphere. Smoke particles scatter shorter wavelengths (blue) and leave longer wavelengths (red and orange) behind.

This image below shows what the smoke from the fires looked like from space.

Courtesy: NASA

This image shows the visible satellite from Monday. You can see the smoke showing up from coast to coast.

Courtesy: UW-Madison CIMSS


Check out some of the pictures we received around central Indiana from Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Courtesy: Hugo Chacaltana

Courtesy: Hugo Chacaltana

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.