It was reported after Chernobyl, it was reported after Tsar Bomba. I'm curious wether the sky has some particularly pink tones in Japan or at the West
coast of the United States when the sun is shining low. My assumption is that ionization, created by the radiation releases from Fukushima, can alter
the way ligh filters through the atmosphere. To study this, I'd like people to post some photos, for example a pink cloud or a pink horizon, if it
appears exceptional. And even if not, it's nice to have some reference.
Something like this:
(Taken in Finland)
Ions are atoms (or molecules) with an electric charge - they have lost (or gained) an electron. Radioactive materials give off ionizing radiation.
There are several forms of it (like alpha, beta, gamma,) but they all produce ions. So there is a lot of ionization in irradiated air where oxygen and
nitrogen molecules have been broken.
An the guess how this affects the sunset: especially nitrogen in its molecular form scatters the blue wavelenght filtering it out and forming the
typical red and yellow palette. If more of the blue wavelenght comes through it shifts the red end of the spectrum towards magenta, a neon kind of
pink. This is just a tought (hasn't been tested) to explain the phenomenon and the connection with radiation has been concluded from some eyewitness
stories and photographs from the nuclear testing era and sparked altogether after seeing the sight above near a nuclear power plant.
So, more evidence is needed but also this could tell something about the presence of radiation. I already used ionization to prove how nuclear power
plants in their standart operation emit more radiation that is admitted - simply by measuring the electricity in the air.
Here - video.
(Why else there would be a 100m high stack on a nuclear plant anyway?) Some say
ionization in the lower atmosphere is short-lived and neutralizes quickly, but apparently not or at least it's a relative thing. (Thunder bolts are
the result of ionization in a cloud.) So it accumulates until the production and the neutralization are in equalibriium - and these two phases may
take place even a hundred kilometers apart.
There are more of these colorful secondary indicators of radiation. Red rain. That includes a species of algae, red in color, that launches spores in
the air. It can dwell on droplets of humidity if it gets some fertilization too (sunlight is up there in abundance already). This too is a legendary
phenomenon following some atomic blasts (and Cherno also) altought it's possible to appear otherwise too. I'm not going deeper into that at the
moment, just for you to know.
Feel free to send a private message if you prefer, I'll be thankfull for any contributions!
edit on 20-3-2011 by Styrge because: Replaced
youtube video with a link