When we look into the night sky, we see a pretty bleak color pallet. We see mostly white stars, except for a couple. You might see a red looking Mars in the sky and you may see an orange Betelgeuse and a few others but for the most part they seem white. It’s not until you look more in depth with telescopes and/or filters the universe comes to life with color. Even then, stars themselves aren’t even that colorful. Blue, whites, reds…occasionally tints of yellow.
So what color is our star? The obvious answer would be, “well duh, it’s yellow. What are you, stupid?” Well, when it’s low in the horizon, it may reflect yellow and it may reflect oranges and reds (sometimes there’s even a green flash!) but this is based off what color it’s reflecting in the atmosphere. Midheaven, check out that glowing orb - it’s white with maybe a hint of yellow around the edge.
The truth is, the sun emits pretty much the entire visible light spectrum which makes it all wash into white. The blues and purples are typically absorbed in the atmosphere (which is why the sky is blue).
How can we be so sure it’s not emitting yellow light? Go get a yellow light that emits yellow. Anything white is going to appear yellow under this light…yet when the sun shines on these, it reflects white. If the sun were yellow, the moon would likely also be yellow tinted instead of a bleak whites and grays. If the sun were emitting yellow, we would have no way of knowing whether we were eating the yellow snow or not.
"But Kristy! What about all those pictures from space agencies?! You mean all those scientists are a bunch of liars?" Ehhhhh. Most of the pictures we see are taken through a filter. Depending on what filter you use, the sun will look different (view the mosaic above). They do this because it will bring out different features of the sun that our whimpy little human eyes are incapable of detecting on their own with visible light alone. View it through a hydrogen alpha filter it will look like a flaming grapefruit. View it through calcium k you’ll get blues and purples!
The trippy part of it all, out of all the colors it emits, it emits more green!
It’s hard for us to admit that the sun is actually white. We just rarely see true colored pictures of the sun, mainly because it’s boring. It also goes against our engrained belief that it’s yellow. When we do get an actual true color picture, it’s actually an off white, almost an ivory color.
Tl;dr The sun is basically white and you’ll need to learn to cope with this information because it’s true whether you believe it or not. Have a nice day!
In Chicagoland, a man was shot by police after 1) he and his buddies attempted to shoplift from a Kohl’s, 2) he tried to outrun police unsuccessfully 3) he attempted (also unsuccessfully), to drive off with an officer’s arm jammed into his car. No big deal.
Male Nude, about 1600, Attributed to Tiziano Aspetti. J. Paul Getty Museum. Sphinx, about 1560, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum. Rembrandt Laughing, about 1628, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. J. Paul Getty Museum. The Vexed Man, 1771-1783, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. J. Paul Getty Museum.