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originally posted by: BASSPLYR
originally posted by: duforrak
a reply to: BASSPLYR
Do you have an idea for the particular distribution of colours? If you know lots about physics, can you theorize as to why orange is so prevalent?
Yes. Youre looking at plasma. The vehicle is surrounded by a sheath of plasma.
The atmosphere is mostly nitrogen and oxygen. Ionized nitrogen gas glows a red to yellow color. Ionized oxygen gas glows a pale yellow color. The combination of the two makes for a orange color.
Electron cooling at low altitude will cause solid red colors too. At very high altitude a solid green color. If its electron heating im not entirely sure but its the opposite. Green at low altitudes and red at high..