Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 7, 2021

Why wildfires create red suns and moons

EarthSky reports

Wildfires raging in western North America in 2021 have affected air quality and the look of the sky in places thousands of miles away. Many people have noticed hazy skies overhead or seen at a distance, or red suns and moons. July’s full moon took on an eerie reddish hue, similar to the moon when it undergoes a lunar eclipse. Recent sunsets have featured a hot-pink to electric-orange orb, also due to wildfire smoke drifting in from far away. But what makes the sun and moon turn red?

Read more EarthSky | Why wildfires create red suns and moons


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