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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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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Why is the sky never green? It can be blue or orange, and green is in between!

I, like everybody I suppose, have read the explanations why the colour of the sky is blue: ... the two most common types of matter present in the atmosphere are gaseous nitrogen and oxygen. ...
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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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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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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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Why does air contain $Ar$ specifically?

Air consists roughly of $N_2$, $O_2$ and $Ar$. Why is $Ar$ the relatively common noble gas compound and not for example the lighter ones $He$ or $Ne$?
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Does the moon affect the Earth's climate?

So, this morning I was talking to a friend about astronomical observations, and he told me that lately there has only been good weather when there was a full moon in the sky, which was a shame. I ...
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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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Do asteroids create sonic boom while entering the atmosphere?

Because of the lack of any materials to propagate sound, it can't spread in space. There's the air in the atmosphere, but its volume mass increases constantly (either linear or exponential, I don't ...
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Expression for Atmospheric Pressure with Altitude, including Tidal Forces

Is this simple to obtain? I've tried to modify the constant-gravity model to use the $GM/r^2$ form instead, but my result was shown to be wrong with some testing. Constant Gravity Model You can ...
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Atmosphere: what is stratification?

Talking about atmosphere's stability, what does it mean that stratification is stable or unstable? What is stratification, exactly?
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Lightning Power?

What is the power source of a lightning? It doesn't consume fuel, nor an atomic fission/fusion, but it discharges a large amount of energy. Is it feasible to create an artificial lightning using the ...
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Why does it rain more at night than during the day? [migrated]

I'm living near a sea, and it rains mostly and heavily at night from 11 PM to 3 AM. The weather is mostly clear during daytime. Air is generally cooler at night, and cool air holds less moisture ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Electromagnetic wave reflection vs. light reflection

Related: x-ray interaction with atmosphere I know that electromagnetic waves of particular frequencies reflect from the ionosphere. And the light (which from one perspective is an electromagnetic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How laminar or turbulent is air?

Consider an outdoors scenario, with good weather and no sensible air currents at the floor level. How turbulent or laminar is the air surrounding this environment?
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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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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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Why less temperature at high altitude

Why there is always cold at high altitudes. e.g. at peak of mountains. Also as we go high from sea level, temperature starts decreasing. Why is it?
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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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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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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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Why did they used to make the mill chimneys so tall?

Why did they used to make the mill chimneys so tall? This question was asked in an Engineering Interview at Cambridge University.
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Atmospheric escape of gas molecules

Most of the objects in space are likely to have an atmosphere. Since space is void, the gases in atmosphere should have either dissolved or emptied into space. But, some of the objects still seem to ...
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What is the difference between air pressure and atmospheric pressure?

I know that air pressure and temperature are inversely proportional. Now I saw in a book that "Atmospheric pressure decreases as we go higher and higher." But at greater heights the temperature ...
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How does humidity affect the path of a bullet?

Background Last night, I was reading the FM 23-10 (The U.S. army official field manual for sniper training), and I've noticed that they're potentially teaching snipers incorrect information. ...
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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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Rayleigh scattering equation for optical frequencies

I would like to know if there is an empirical/generic equation for Rayleigh scattering at optical frequencies in the atmosphere, similar to the Mie scattering model from Kim and Kruse which states ...
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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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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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How do you calculate vortex shedding frequency?

I am attempting to try to find out if there is any effect of Von Karman vortices on a group of wind speed readings where it is presumed that due to a mountain nearby the data collection spot Von ...