The Sun, Royal Observatory Greenwich, 1892

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The Sun, Royal Observatory Greenwich, 1892

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'We regard the sun's light as colourless, just as we speak of water as tasteless, but both of these expressions related rather to our own feelings than to anything really characteristic of water or of sunlight. We regard the sunlight as colourless because it forms, as it were, the background on which all other colours are depicted... Look at the lovely tints of a garden; the red of the rose is not the rose itself. All the rose does is to grasp the sunbeams which fall upon it, extract from these beams the red which they contain, and radiate that red light to our eyes. Were there not red rays conveyed with the other rays in the sunbeam, there could be no red rose to be seen by sunlight.'

Stawell Ball, R. (1901) The Story of the Heavens. Second edn. London: Cassell and Company.

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