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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How loud would a sound have to be to be heard around the world?

I'm reading the book Cosmos by Carl Sagan, and in it he states: Striking the Earth's atmosphere, a modest cometary fragment would produce a great radiant fireball and a mighty blast wave, which ...
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How does moisture exist in atmosphere?

Moisture is the water vapor in air surrounding us where the temperature is 25 degrees Celsius (say). But the water exists as vapor only above 100 deg C at a pressure of 1 atm. Then how does moisture ...
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Density profile in the atmosphere, which equations to use…? [closed]

I came across the following density profile in the atmosphere: ...
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Is long-term weather forecast impossible in principle?

This question can be asked about any chaotic dynamical system, but hydrodynamics of the atmosphere makes it more concrete. Arnold describes his 1966 result as follows: I have calculated the ...
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How can the atmospheric pressure be different in distinct points at the same altitude?

From an hydrostatic point of view, the pressure in a fluid should be the same at the same depth/altitude. Obviously, in our atmosphere that does not happen. I am guessing that the main reason is the ...
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Calculating accuracy, error, full scale error, relative error and more in a specific case

I recently bought a O2(oxygen) sensor and I am trying to figure out the error in the percentage O2 (O2pct, unitless but in %) output value that it gives out. This error is not stated in its data ...
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Green light in the satellite image

What could be the possible reason for the green border visible in this satellite image ? (Image source)
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Temperature of a falling meteor

I am reading "What if?" article https://what-if.xkcd.com/20/ and I'm interested in it's scientific background. Mr. Munroe writes: As it [the meteor] falls, it compresses the air in front of it. ...
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How come the Tunguska fireball reached the ground before the shockwave?

In this post on his Bad Astronomy blog, Phil Plait describes the Tunguska event as having had a fireball which was followed by a shock wave: A chunk of rock (or possibly ice) about 30 meters ...
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Could a big enough straw stretching from Earth to space eject atmosphere into space? [duplicate]

Assuming the straw can be built out of any material, shape, size. Would the vacuum effect of space acting on the pressurized gas have enough force to lift the weight of the atmosphere contained in ...
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How long does it take for an Oxygen to diffuse around Earth?

We drill into the ground and find a huge pocket of oxygen. How long does it take for that oxygen to diffuse around Earth? I'd like to know for the first oxygen molecule how long it takes to effect the ...
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Why is the sky blue: For a 3-year old [duplicate]

My nephew asked me yesterday why the sky was blue. I tried to explain it to him as best and as dumbly I could, but I failed. I tried to explain the concept of scattering of light using an analogy of ...
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How big are clouds? [closed]

How big are clouds? When I look up into the sky I have no frame of reference, so I don't know if they are 200 feet or 2 miles across. When I am in a plane looking out at a cloud, I try to use the wing ...
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Would a pipe from the surface to the Earth's exosphere suck all atmosphere to the space? [closed]

If I built a tube from Earth's surface to the exosphere, would all the air be sucked out to space? If this pipe reached to a big planet, like Jupiter, would its gravity through the pipe suck our ...
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Using nuclear devices to terraform Mars: Elon Musk's nuclear proposal? [closed]

Elon Musk has recently suggested Using nuclear devices to terraform Mars. In the past, comet related ideas were mooted, but Musk seems, to me anyway, to be a man in a hurry and perhaps his idea has ...
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Why do high altitudes have larger diurnal temperature variation than lower altitudes?

It seems like the lack of atmosphere should not be playing a role in the diurnal temperature variation because that's what makes it colder. Mountains are not that dry, usually.
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Why do electrical storms cause metal objects to vibrate?

I am curious about the vibration of metal objects as a sign of an impending lightening strike. This is apparently a common occurrence; so much so that a quick google search will yield many pages ...
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Are there tides in the atmosphere?

Analogous to the tides of Earths oceans, do the Moon and Sun cause our atmosphere to bulge in what could be described as a low and high tide?
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What causes the sharp borderline at the bottom of northern lights?

The northern lights are caused by cosmic charged particles interacting with the earth's upper atmoshphere. The particles can be trapped by the Lorentz force, so that we can see them where the magnetic ...
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Where do atoms of H and He go when they rise in the atmosphere? [duplicate]

What happens to atoms/molecules of H and He when we let them freely fly in atmosphere do they get into space? Is there any particular way to enumerate the 'force' that drives them upwards? Does ...
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What will be effects of harnessing lightning?

In Feynman's Lectures, volume 2, chapter 9, there is a mention of earth getting charged by thunderstorm lightning. It is the thunderstorms throughout the world that are charging the earth with an ...
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Is there a resonance within the earth, separate from the Schuman resonance?

In a very recent biography of Nikola Tesla by Bernard Carlson, the author explains that Tesla measured the resonant frequency of the earth using his invention - the amplifying transmitter. Tesla came ...
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What is causing the Trumpet Sounds that are emited from the sky?

In these last years, a phenomenon have appeared in several countries (US, Canada, Australia, Russia, Germany, and others). It consists of sounds like a trumpet coming from our own planet's sky. ...
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Can we reduce a hurricane's power using wind turbines?

Below is the abstract of an article in Nature: Taming hurricanes with arrays of offshore wind turbines, describing computer simulations that indicate that wind turbines could disrupt a hurricane ...
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Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact on Jupiter

When the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacted with Jupiter it created a ball of fire 3000 Km high and it left a mark on the surface of the planet that was visible for weeks (source: Wikipedia). How was the ...
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Why is space black? [duplicate]

We on earth see the space black only at night. But on moon it observed that the space is black in both day and night even though the source is same for both ( the sun).Why? And also there are many ...
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Why do clouds appear only and only red at night [duplicate]

I have till now in my life I have always seen clouds only white or black or grey in day but in night why they are always red I could never found it's reason. And also sometimes in day time I see ...
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If 1% of total water in earth evaporates to the atmosphere due to Global Warming, what will happen? [closed]

My views Atmospheric volume increases. Mesosphere's temperature will increase. Resulting no rainfall. Some H2O molecules will escape to the space. Rotation of Earth will slow down, resulting the ...
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Temperature of planets without atmosphere

I am wondering how come a planet without atmoshhere loses heat in space when the space around it is a vacuum. In my understanding for one object to lose heat it must have contact with another ...
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Why do night sky appear red when it is cloudy?

Since childhood, I have seen that whenever at night, the sky is cloudy, the sky becomes red. But, clouds are grayish, so it is expected that the sky becomes more darker. But no, it is not! Why does ...
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False sunset and false sunrise time estimation

False sunset and false sunrise are described . Here is a sample day rise and set time according to AccuWheather site and calculated value of sunrise and sunset in my country. Could you please help ...
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Is a body of gas cooler in its upper portion as a result of gravity? [closed]

I read an article a couple of hours ago named Hydrostatic Lapse which makes the case for a phenomenon that I thought was well and truly confirmed; that gravity is responsible for the cooling of gas ...
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Helium confined to a gravity well

It's a well known problem that Earth is slowly losing its supply of helium due to helium's ability to "bubble off" the atmosphere. All the gas giants have significant percentages of helium in their ...
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How much will the atmospheric carbon dioxide change?

Suppose $10^{14} kg$ of carbon dioxide was released into the atmosphere and absorbed completely, what is the percentage change of carbon dioxide concentration? Take initial atmospheric mass mixing ...
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Influence of terrain elevation on air pressure

If I invert the pressure altitude equation so that I can get a nominal pressure for a given altitude, and compute the pressure altitude for Denver CO (elevation about $1600 \,m$ -- yes I know the wiki ...
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What instruments are used to determine the degree of water in the atmosphere of Mars?

More precisely, how does one go about measuring the small amount of water vapor in what is almost a vacuum by terrestrial standards?
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How can a gas giant be said to have an atmosphere?

They are made of gas, right? So, there won't be a solid-gas or liquid-gas boundary that defines where the atmosphere starts. So, if there isn't a boundary, we can't define part of it to be an ...
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Balloon aerodynamics

In this recent anime that I have seen, there is a part where an atomic bomb is sent to the stratosphere in a box, by a helium balloon. As you can see in this picture of the set-up, there is a tube ...
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What would cause an orange sky?

(I was recommended to ask this question here by the guys on World Building) I'm starting a whole new planet for a story and would like it to have an orange sky during the day. At a basic level (I am ...
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Can I launch an object into orbit using only a cannon?

My friends and I were reminiscing about our intro physics classes and decided to revisit an old problem were we were required to calculate the orbital velocity of a cannonball fired from 1 meter above ...
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What would you do to measure wind speed below 50m?

Is there a radiation spectrum that could be used near the surface of the earth to fluoresce air enough to see the currents? Is there a complimentary CCD that can image that spectrum? I am looking for ...
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Would fog impair echolocation abilities?

I was driving down a major highway today and the fog was thick enough I could barely see 40 ft in front of me. I then wondered if I had had some other form of perception could I have perceived my ...
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Why doesn't atmospheric pressure crush thick walled structures?

There is one thing that puzzles me: common explanation of why don't structures collapse under the enormous atmospheric pressure (~101300N/m^2) is that the force pushing from inside balances out the ...
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Why does plugging a hole in an airplane's fuselage result in a huge (10x) atmospheric pressure spike?

While reading about uncontrolled decompression, I came across one famous airline incident, Aloha Airlines Flight 243, where the article I was reading discussed a 1-square-foot hole created in the ...
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Where does air pressure come from?

Where does air pressure come from? I thought it was from gravity or the speed of the gas resulting from its heat. However, analyzing my own hypotheses, I think that my 'heat conjecture' is probably ...
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How is convection possible in fluids, in the absence of a contact surface for any buoyant force?

I don't understand why liquids and gases are acted upon by a buoyant force. In a solid immersed on some fluid medium, the pressure pressure difference caused by gravity exerts a force on the surface ...
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Why does the sky look blue rather than violet? [duplicate]

Sky looks blue because because our eyes are sensitive to blue colour. But when viewed through a camera why don't we see violet of the sky even though we can see violet colour of other pictures taken ...
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At what energy consumption would we get a 1 degree rise in the Earth's temperature?

If energy consumption continues to rise at (say) 4% per year, how long before the heat dissipation seriously impacts climate?
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Why stars are white? According to Rayleigh Scattering

According to Rayleigh Scattering, the red waves are capable of travelling a long distance, so that only we are seeing the Sun as reddish during Sunset and Sunrise. If this was true then all other ...
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Why doesn't the evening/morning sun feel much hotter on your face?

I understand that places on the Earth's surface get hotter in summer, and in the middle of the day rather than morning or evening, because the surface of the Earth is presented 'face-on' to the Sun at ...