2010 – Iki-shi, Nagasaki-ken, Japan, Earth

05-13

Yay, sunsets!Did you know: In Japan, the color of the sun is red.  Seriously.  You wonder why their flag has a red dot for a sun rather than a yellow one.  Well, apparently, it’s because the sun changes color when you live in this country.  (Yes, I know that in reality the sun releases white light, not yellow, but that’s not how our eyes see it through the atmosphere.  Regardless.)  This caused me some problems when I first began teaching.  I’d ask my elementary school students, “What color is the sun?”  And they would answer, “Red!”  And I got so confused.

In reality, the sun only looks red sometimes.  The rest of the time it’s the same as elsewhere in the world.

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