The Sky – My Paintings and Evaluations

The sky (or celestial dome) is everything that lies above the surface of the Earth, including the atmosphere and outer space. In the field of astronomy, the sky is also called the celestial sphere. This is viewed from Earth’s surface as an imaginary dome where the sun, stars, planets, and the moon are seen to be travelling. The celestial sphere is conventionally divided into regions called constellations. Usually, the term sky is used informally as the point of view from the Earth’s surface; however, the meaning and usage can vary. In some cases, such as in discussing the weather, the sky refers to only the lower, denser portions of the atmosphere.

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“Night over Bardsey”

During daylight, the sky appears to be blue because air scatters blue sunlight more than it scatters red.

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“Christmas Night on Snowdon”

At night, the sky appears to be a mostly dark surface or region scattered with stars.

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“Night in Duddon”

During the day, the Sun can be seen in the sky unless obscured by clouds.

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“Midnight Storm – Bardsey”

In the night sky (and to some extent during the day) the moon, planets and stars are visible in the sky. Some of the natural phenomena seen in the sky are clouds, rainbows, and aurorae.

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“Night Sky over Hells Mouth”

Lightning and precipitation can also be seen in the sky during storms.

Birds, insects, aircraft, and kites are often considered to fly in the sky.

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“Night Sky Grizedale Forrest”

Due to human activities, smog during the day and light pollution during the night are often seen above large cities.

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