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Silver lining

  1. Jun 20, 2007 #1
    from what i've read .. im supposed to learn that the silver lining which we see is due to e diffraction of light. but i dont understand how diffraction of light results in e particularly bright parts along e edge of the clouds. shouldnt e light waves spread out? such that it would also cover e 'dark parts' of e clouds? why only e edges? and why is the middle part dark?
     
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  3. Jun 20, 2007 #2
    I didn't think the "silver lining" was literal?
     
  4. Jun 21, 2007 #3
    Yea I'm not sure silver lining's are literal, but I could be wrong. I would assume the shining is similiar to a mirage. You see the shine of the mirage because of the diffraction of the light, it gives it that shimmering quality.

    CraigD, AMInstP
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