1. disasterspark

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    How do you realistically change the color of the sky?

    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by disasterspark, Sep 12, 2018.

    My story takes place in the early 22nd Century (2100's) and I want the sky to turn white during the day, gray during the morning and afternoon as a transition, then completely black at night? But how would you do that without killing all life on Earth? I know it's a hard question to ask. But I wanna know how to convincingly say that someone did it, using real science rather than saying "a wizard did it."
     
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    maybe the sky turned white ( and life survives ) as the scientists made mirrors in space that bounces sunlight where ever they please.. infinate posiibilities with our skills
     
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    Maybe instead of making the sky white you can try covering it with clouds, the gray sky would be clouds of rain and black... probably the same but because of the lack of light it looks black instead of gray
     
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    well clouds always help, for me, anyway....
     
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    It can happen in our 21st century, 2018 skies. I live in Puerto Rico and a super pale sky here is the harbinger of a few things. We call it bruma, which means fog or haze, but the way it's used here, it's not referring to either of those things. My culture is notoriously sloppy at naming things. Regardless, it's not clouds because you can still see clouds against it. The very sky itself is simply washed out. It's because of dust in the air that comes to us from Africa, which is also part and parcel with how hurricanes form and travel across the Atlantic. A day with bruma means bad allergies, and if it's a hot day, it means tropical torrential downpour in the afternoon, guaranteed.
     
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    The sky is often white here in Spring and Autumn. It's usually just a fairly uniform layer of high level cloud, though sometimes it's mist.

    What in your setting could cause more clouds to form?
     
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    It's extremely common for that exact sequence to happen in Los Angeles during the winter when we have heavy fog, or during the month of June when the marine layer gives us what we call "June Gloom". ETA: In the winter, the white fog burns off around 10AM to reveal a grey sky.
     
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    I don't even remember what the sky looks like. I'm inside all day or surrounded by tall buildings. Fuck the sky. I don't even know what we need it for anymore.
     
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    The blue sky is caused by the composition of our atmosphere, you can’t change it without significantly altering it, which would definately kill us all. The sky can also only be certain colors: mainly green, blue, or orange, this is due to how light interacts with matter. White would occur when you mix and separate light so clouds would work, and be easy to produce. If you raise the earths temperature, the atmosphere will get wetter, but it’d also get more violent.
     

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