Why the Night Sky is Not Inky Black (Sorry, Poets)

Atmospheric scattering sheds light on a variety of strange phenomena

John Kruse MD, PhD
Aha! Science
Published in
6 min readMay 16, 2024

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On the night of the new moon* I awoke around midnight to assure myself that I was seeing things. I was.

On the darkest night of the month, with no moonlight, I could still see black silhouettes of trees on the horizon. I took in grassy…

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John Kruse MD, PhD
Aha! Science

Psychiatrist, neuroscientist, father of twins, marathon runner, in Hawaii. 100+ ADHD & mental health videos https://www.youtube.com/@dr.johnkruse6708