Ask Jimmy and the Bug
art by Dean Stanton, text by Ellen Braaf
- What color is Earth's atmosphere? Why is it this color?
[anno: Earth's atmosphere is blue. The atmosphere is blue because sunlight hits particles in Earth's atmosphere. Those particles scatter more blue light than other colors of light, so the atmosphere appears blue.]
- Most clouds are white, but storm clouds are often dark and gray. Why do you think storm clouds are gray?
[anno: Answers may vary but could include that storm clouds are gray because they have more water in them than regular clouds. Students might also answer that storm clouds have debris, such as dust, in them.]
- Imagine you are standing outside during a summer day. The Sun is high in the sky, and then a cloud passes in front of the Sun. What happens to the light? Does it become as dark as night? Why not? Write a sentence or two for your answer.
[anno: Answers may vary but could include that the sky does not become as dark as night because most of the sunlight still goes through the cloud, and there is light still hitting Earth around the cloud.]