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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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 ...
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Why do clouds not fall? [duplicate]

The density difference between the clouds and the atmosphere favours the clouds to fall. Why don't they?
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Altitude altimeter application

What is the most precise formula to calculate altitude and what parameters should i considet such as pressure, temperature, dew point, ... I am developing an altimeter app and i don't know what the ...
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Why is the sky of the moon always dark?

Why is the sky of the moon always dark compared to the sky of the earth, doesn't it have day and night like earth?
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How much of the sunshine is scattered into the space?

How much more sunshine will the earth ground receive if without the atmosphere?
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What exactly is wind?

What is wind? I think it is kind of a vibration of air particles. If so, is it a longitudinal or a transverse wave? Or is it just a bunch of air particles being pushed? Smells disperse in wind so ...
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How much atmospheric pressure (CO2) is required to carry iron oxide dust in the wind?

It is common knowledge that there are dust devils and dust storms on Mars. But can we demonstrate that the atmospheric pressure on Mars, which is 0.6% of the pressure we experience on Earth, provides ...
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How would a huge ball of air look in space from outside and from inside?

If you replaced the Earth (except the atmosphere) with air and kept the pressure linear to the center (of the now non-existing Earth) while ignoring the effects this would have on gravity and leaving ...
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If the Earth's atmopsphere spins with the earth due to friction, why is there no horizontal spiralling drag?

Imagine a bucket of paint with a spinning ball in it. The paint would form a spiral and would not all move in synchronous movement with the ball. To clairfy - In order for the Earth's atmosphere to ...
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Average surface temperature of Earth [duplicate]

I had a question in my school exam. Will the average surface temperature of the Earth be lower or higher, if there was no atmosphere? Now, the answer expected is "The avg temp will be lower, because ...
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Explanation for strange atmospheric phenomenon

OK, I've seen this strange thing in the sky sometimes. Not all that often, but sometimes. It actually happened tonight. On most nights, at say 9 P.M. it is dark. There might be stars, moon, etc.,...
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Difference between mixing ratio and mole fraction

I have been reading 'The Atmosphere of Venus' by V.I. Moroz which is available here. I am confused about the term 'mixing ratio' which is used on discussions in chemical composition. From what I ...
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Could the sky on a planet theoretically be any color?

The sky on the Earth is blue. Could the color of the sky on a planet with an atmosphere be of any color theoretically? Which colors are the most likely? I think it would be really awesome to have ...
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How much do we float in atmosphere?

The atmosphere is a fluid and we have volume, therefore we displace some of it and some buoyancy force must exist. How strong is it? How much does it affect gravitational acceleration on the surface ...
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Modeling atmospheric reentry with respect to the rotation of a planet and its atmosphere in a simulation

I am creating a hard science fiction flight simulator. I am a civil engineering student, so its a little out of my area of study. Currently I model air resistance on the velocity difference between ...
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Why doesn't Earth's atmosphere form bands due to different rotational speeds?

If the Earth's atmosphere is rotating at the same speed as Earth, then the atmosphere must be rotating much faster at the equator than at the poles. If you spin a ball covered in oil, it will form ...
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Bulk and dynamic viscosity in the atmosphere

I'm studying the physics of the atmosphere but I'm struggling with the matter of viscosity (Navier-Stokes equation) for gravito-acoustic waves. From Landau-Lifschitz : $$ (T)_{ij} = -p\delta_{ij} + \...
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Calculating saturation mixing ratio for water in air

If I have air pressure (in, say, Pa) and air temperature (in, say, K) - how do I calculate the saturation mixing ratio for water? I can't seem to find it anywhere and it's a fairly useful quantity to ...
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Why I can't feel the difference of atmospheric pressure between a closed room and outside?

As far as I know atmospheric pressure is the result of the weight of earth's atmosphere. It has an approximate value of $10^5 Nm^{-2}$. Then why I can't feel it? My physics teacher told me that we are ...
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Regarding satellites and their 'safety'

Are satellites nowadays designed so that if one fails or its orbit degrades the scientists involved can send it various codes so that it will starts to 'beak-up' into smaller and smaller parts where ...
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What air pressure is needed on mars, to have fluid water?

The atmospheric pressure on the Martian surface averages 600 pascals (0.087 psi), about 0.6% of Earth's mean sea level pressure. There is a lot of frozen ice on mars, but it can't melt, because of ...
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What is the temperature of the clear night sky from the surface of Earth?

Before you all jump in with 2.73 K or thereabouts, this is more of an experimental question. It will obviously depend on humidity and radiation being scattered back towards the surface of the Earth. ...
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What does “downshear” mean?

I occasionally read descriptions such as "downshear of the vortex" in meteorological publications. What does this mean?
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Why Do Clouds Precipitate Rather than Fall From the Sky?

After spending some time watching clouds, it occurred to me how interesting it is that clouds have more structure than just being homogenous, really humid layers in the sky. I see that a similar ...
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How does heating in the atmosphere look above 100 km

I have tried without luck to find a graph of temperature change through the atmosphere that goes further up than about 100 km. On this graph: (Source: http://www.windows2universe.org/kids_space/...
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How is wind created?

I know that 'blowing air is called wind', but what I don't know is, how is wind created? And I don't want the answer from Google Search. I want to know more about wind at the atomic or molecular ...
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On what basis is it said that lightning does not strike the same place twice?

Why is it that atmospheric lightning cannot strike twice in the same place? I have heard this several times before, and recently I watched the movie "War of The Worlds", where the character played by ...
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Why do the storms of Jupiter have long life unlike that of Earth?

Recently I saw How the Universe Works. In one of the episodes, concerning Jupiter, they told that the storms on Jupiter can survive many, many, times longer than those on Earth. What is the reason ...
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Atmosphere model

Im working on project where I should simulate glider soaring. The goal is to create gliders that will look for regions with hot upwinds using evolution algorithms. That shouldn't be problem. What I ...
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Does anyone know the mechanism behind this double helix cloud formation?

This looks like m=2 swirling instability mode of the axisymmetric jet, but how could an axisymmetric jet form up in the sky like that?
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Why is the current atmosphere made of nitrogen (75.5%)?

As I read a book on meteorology, 4 billion years ago, atmosphere was made by steam, carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide and a few nitrogen. Then photosynthesis came, run by underwater organisms, which led ...
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Radio wave propagation in ionosphere

Radio communication is based on the concept that a radio signal incident on the ionosphere is reflected if the frequency of the wave matches the plasma frequency. But what exactly happens? Is it ...
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Is the atmospheric pressure the cause of a planet's surface temperature or is it the temperature the cause of a planet's atmospheric pressure?

I heard a climatologist on a talk show saying that one of the widely known arguments used by climate scientists to exemplify what a runaway greenhouse effect could cause to Earth's temperature and ...