Coulterville is a small city in California, about halfway between Sacramento and Bakersfield. It is in Kern County, on the south bank of the Ker...
Most people know that sunset is the time when the sun goes down. But did you know that the sun doesn't actually set? Instead, Earth rotates into darkness, giving us the illusion that the sun is setting. So what causes sunset?
Well, it's a combination of things. The Earth's atmosphere scatters sunlight in every direction, but blue and violet light are scattered more than other colors. This is why the sky is usually blue during the daytime. As the sun gets lower in the sky, the atmosphere becomes thicker and more dense.
This scattering of sunlight happens to a greater extent, and we see red and orange light more than blue and violet light. That's why sunset is usually a beautiful red or orange color. So next time you see sunset, remember that you're actually seeing Earth rotate into darkness!
Coulterville is a small city in California, about halfway between Sacramento and Bakersfield. It is in Kern County, on the south bank of the Kern River. The population was 9,407 at the 2000 census. The city isnamed after James Coulter, an early settler. Coultersville is located in the San Joaquin Valley, at an elevation of 1,851 feet (573 m). It is approximately 100 miles from both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The nearest state capital is Sacramento. A tube railroad linked Coulterville to the outside world in 1887. Coulterville is on the east side of the Kern Valley and is served by the Bakersfield-Delano regional rail system. California State Route 153, the fastlane of the California Freeway System, cuts through the city. The town is sometimes informally called "Kernville" to distinguish it from other Coulterville locations in the state. The Coulterville Community Services District operates the city's public facilities. The community is adjacent to the Livermore National Lab, southeast of town. The weather in Coulterville is typical of the San Joaquin Valley; Temperate, Mediterranean, with cold winters and hot summers. The closest capitals are Sacramento and Sacramento}
As the sun sets, the sky slowly grows dark. For many people, this is a time to relax and wind down for the day. But have you ever wondered exactly when it gets dark? The answer may surprise you.
Did you know that darkness actually begins long before the sun sets? As the sun gets lower in the sky, its light has to travel through more atmosphere. This filters out some of the blue light, making the sun look redder. At the same time, shadows get longer and darker. So by the time the sun finally dips below the horizon, darkness has already begun to fall.
Of course, not all places on Earth experience darkness at the same time. Near the equator, the sun sets and rises almost directly overhead. This means that there is less of a difference between daytime and nighttime. Closer to the poles, however, the sun stays low in the sky for much of the year. This leads to longer periods of darkness during wintertime.