The study of the composition or dynamics of the gaseous layers around planets, often applied to questions on Earth's atmosphere but can be applicable to all planets & moons in the solar system.

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Velocity Profile of the Upper Atmosphere

Consider an Earth-Centered Inertial (ECI) frame in which the tangential (to Earth's surface) velocity is measured. Now consider obtaining constant average velocity profiles of the atmosphere as a ...
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How fast could you suck up the atmosphere [closed]

So kind of a strange question, but if i had a 1000 foot wide hose with endless storage space, whats the quickest possible time it could be used to suck up the entirety of the Earth's atmosphere. ...
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Would 10 metres of liquid air be as effective against cosmic radiation as Earth's atmosphere? [closed]

Assuming ballpark figures which give a depth of 10m if the Earth's atmosphere was liquefied, would that be as effective a protection against ionizing radiation from space as the gaseous atmosphere is? ...
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Why Nitrogen is still (almost) 3 times as abundant as Oxygen in Troposphere? [duplicate]

I learned that our atmosphere has ~78% Nitrogen and ~21% Oxygen. If I fill a glass with 21% water and 78% Canola Oil, the more dense (and thus heavier) water will take a full bottom later and Canola ...
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Maximum temperature possible on earth

What is maximum temperature that can we have on earth on a single day? Lets say an air mass is static over an area and there is no way for air mass to move, sun warming it up would increase ...
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Atmospheric pressure question [closed]

I'm asked to find at what altitude atmospheric pressure falls to 10% of the mean sea level value. I have found the expression for the variation of pressure with altitude to be $$p = p_0e^{-h \over ...
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Ideal gas equation and atmosphere of Venus

I'm teaching myself some basics of the ideal gas law and working out simple density equations for atmospheric gases at various altitudes. When I applied the gas law to Venus' atmosphere at its ...
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If Earth's atmosphere would be cooled, how would its pressure change relative to its temperature?

I have a feeling it would not behave like an ideal gas? For example, if the atmosphere were to cool down at a constant 1 atm to 90 K, oxygen would liquefy. If changing of pressure would be ...
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How to combine albedos

I have estimations of the Earth's surface albedo for a region (0.13), as well as an estimation of the atmosphere albedo (0.3 at a solar zenith angle of 1 rad). My question is, how do I find the ...
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Why does the composition of the air does not change with altitude?

Air contains about 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen independent of altitude (up to 100 km). Why is this? Shouldn't the concentration of nitrogen increase with higher altitudes since nitrogen has a lower ...
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What height is atmospheric pressure half that at sea level?

$PV = NT$, where T is a constant $P = \rho g h$ but I don't think this equation can hold in this form as the density is most definitely not constant as we go up in the atmosphere $\rho = ...
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How can planes land on a rotating Earth?

If the earth is rotating (e.g. at 1000km per hour, at the equator), how can planes safely land on a moving runway?
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How much of Ultraviolet is cut out when Sun moves to the Horizon?

EDIT: Original question was whether or not we need to wear sunglasses when Sun is at the horizon. But it was confusing to many users whether it is on-topic or not. So the details are adjusted. From ...
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Atmospheric pressure below sea level

If I go up in the air the amount of oxygen decrease and the atmospheric pressure gets lower. What would happen if i dig a hole 100 km down? does atmospheric pressure go up? when is the pressure so ...
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From coriolis force, cyclone goes wrong direction

note, comment below (BowlOfRed) asked for more detail, so this is more a re-write than an edit. In an idealised weather system, there can be a high pressure area, and a low pressure, and air goes ...
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What colour would the sky of a high-oxygen, high-argon, high-water vapour atmosphere be?

Although this is a hypothetical, I think it is nevertheless a legitimate physics problem. I would very much appreciate any answers you can give. What colour would the sky be, both at daytime and at ...
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Atmospheric pressure of Venus?

I have seen the calculations on the atmospheric pressure of Venus - 90 times that of earth. With gravity very similar to earth, how does Venus do that. The calculations I have seen assume constant ...
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What is this optical phenomenon, as looked from outer space? [duplicate]

I just saw a photo from NASA. This is it. This is beautiful. But i am not being able to understand, what are those red and green lines above the earth surface? These cannot be due to Rayleigh ...
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Rayleigh equation as explanation for sky being blue

I've been reading up on the internet as to why the sky is blue. The answer usually cites Rayleigh scattering that I've checked on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayleigh_scattering: $$ ...
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Why In Thermosphere is He and O divided as measured? [closed]

If we look Thermosphere a bit closer. we found out that Helium and Oxygen is divided peculiarily. This picture below shows the Earth looked below the south pole. So the orbiting direction is shown in ...
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How much pressure would be on Mars if the icecaps melted?

I was wondering, The martian polar ice caps are made of water and CO2. All documentaries say that melting the poles can add pressure. How much pressure would there be? I know that every summer they ...
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Covering the whole world in an EMP

I recently thought about shutting down the whole worlds electronics, and naturally ended up with an EMP. I know that EMPs are generated when nuclear bombs explode, but nuclear bombs have some unwanted ...
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Pressure and altitude

I am going to ask a simple question, for sure. The pressure with respect to the altitude is given by this formula Where sea level standard atmospheric pressure p0 = 101325 Pa sea level standard ...
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dry adiabatic lapse rate

Adiabatic lapse rate is defined as $$ \Gamma_a \equiv -\left(\frac{dT}{dz}\right)_{\rm parcel}=-\frac{R_{\rm a} T}{c_p \,p}\left(\frac{dp}{dz}\right)_{\rm parcel} = \frac{g}{c_p} $$ $R_a$ is gas ...
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Is climate change caused by humans? [closed]

Some people argue it is not because it is caused by solar cycles (sometimes the sun brights more than others thus increasing the Earth's temperature) and that the energy that $CO_2$ traps isn't enough ...
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what is the relation between heat capacity and mixing ratio

I am supposed to derive an expression for the specific heat capacity $c_p$ for air with a water vapour mass mixing ratio of $\mu$. The hint is: (Use the fact that $c_p= (\frac{\partial H}{\partial ...
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How do stars from far away affect Earth?

I know that we obviously get light (or we wouldn't be able to see them), but are there any other ways that they affect Earth and maybe just our solar system in general?
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Faster alternative to travel to any location in the west? [closed]

Suppose one needs to travel to Somalia from Indonesia(which are approximately at a distance of $4000$ miles from each other on the line of equator). To accomplish this task, I suggest the following ...
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Weight of an air column - what am I doing wrong?

We know that the density of water is 1000 $kg/m^3$ and that of air is 1.225 $kg/m^3$. If I were to calculate the pressure of air at a square at sea level of area 1 $m^2$ in newtons, I'd need the ...
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What is the safe distance to a supernova explosion?

In other words, what stars near the Sun may have an impact on the Solar system equilibrium or the Earth life if they become supernova ? Is SN 1987 A too far ?
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Is the butterfly effect real?

Is the butterfly effect real? It is a well known statement that a butterfly can, by flapping her wings in a slightly different way, cause a hurricane somewhere else in the world that wouldn't occur if ...
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Can I cook an egg by holding it in thermosphere?

It is known that in thermosphere, air temperature is rising sharply with increase of altitude. In upper atmosphere, temperatures can even reach 2000°C or higher: see 2. However, air there is ...
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What is wind chill a function of?

When the weather report includes a wind chill, was that value experimentally determined by sampling the conditions on the day of the report? Or was it calculated from other data? If so, what do you ...
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How to estimate wind speed from a pressure difference?

Does a formula (or a rule of thumb) exist to estimate the wind speed between a high pressure area and a low pressure area given the pressure difference between the two areas? Only the wind resulting ...
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Is the Air Blue? [duplicate]

Randall Monroe, a credible source in my opinion, says that the sky is blue because the air is: Normal light interacts with the atmosphere through Rayleigh scattering. You may have heard of ...
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How can condensation be aided?

I was wondering if certain factors of water vapor condensation can be aided? For example, being able to increase the saturation of water vapor via a certain method, or another example would be having ...
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Extract energy from the atmosphere? [closed]

Let's say we would fill a long tube with water. Let's say the tube is 1km in height. At the bottom of this tube, the pressure should be much higher than the top. Also, the tube would lead into a ...
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Why is the speed of sound lower at higher altitudes?

At sea level the speed of sound is 760mph, but at altitudes like the Concorde would fly at (55,000ft) the sound barrier is at 660mph, so 1000th slower. Does it have to do with lower pressure?
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How much gravity (and/or magnetic field) would a space ship need to generate to hold an atmosphere around it? [duplicate]

Say you wanted a ship to have a bubble of atmosphere around it, 800m in diameter with the ship at the center. What sort of gravity (and perhaps magnetic field) would be needed? Would either of these ...
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How is it possible that Thermosphere can maintain so much heat? [closed]

Thermosphere is the Layer of Atmosphere in approx 100-1000 km altitude. Particles in thermosphere are typically at 1400 K temperature. But the sun activity can raise the temperature up to 2300 K. ...
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Compression vs. Friction - what happens when space objects enter earth's atmosphere

When reading about what happens when cosmic debris enters the earth's atmosphere, some sources say friction, others say compression. For example: On space.com it says: Meteor showers occur when ...
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Pressure inside a closed room

I am sitting inside a closed room with a cement ceiling just above my head. The pressure of the atmosphere is exerted on the ceiling from above(outside). But solid cement not being a fluid does not ...
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Can we consider light from the Sun during sunrise and nightfall as polarised?

On sunrise and nightfall light looks different, more orange or more dark. Some frequencies are filtered or light travels longer. The energy corresponding to this light is obviously lower than light ...
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How atmospheric pressure affects liquid but not solid? [duplicate]

The barometer indicates a difference in elevation of liquid mercury level due to the effect of atmospheric pressure. For 1 square cm of surface the atmospheric pressure exerts what is equivalent to ...
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Why lightning most likely occure in night?

This is a question based on my experience. I am not going to prove that lightning (succeed by thunder) never occure in day, but it seems it most likely occure in night. May the humidity of air become ...
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Atmospheric science and gas laws [duplicate]

If warm air exerts low pressure, then how could both temperature and pressure at surface of the earth is higher than at higher altitudes?
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How to keep a helium balloon between 1 to 5 meters above ground? (without it being tied)

I understand that helium balloons rise because their density is less than air, so they can rise up to a point where the air surrounding it has the same weight as the balloon. I was thinking to fill it ...
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Here's a fun question, what would happen if Venus was thrown off in a highly elliptical orbit? [closed]

I'd like to know what would happen if Venus was flung into a highly eccentric orbit like Sedna (except maybe with its current perihelion) with an orbital period measured in thousands of years by a ...
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Why can't I see the blue color scattered by the lower atmosphere of the earth?

I understand that the blue colour of the sky is because of the scattering of blue light by molecules in earth's atmosphere. The scattering appears to be happening from molecules that are far above in ...
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Relative magnitudes of pressure gradient force and Coriolis force at midlatitudes

In the midlatitudes, both Coriolis and pressure gradient forces are present in the atmosphere. Can a statement be made about which one of the two forces is bigger in this region?