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Why is there a rim of blue light around white streetlights

  1. Jun 22, 2011 #1
    I hope I can describe this clearly... but its hard to see this on anything but the newer, brighter, white streetlight... and from a distance at that... but it's there, a distinct rim of blue crests and troughs. I understand that blue light is the most "intense" of the visible spectrum with its relatively short wavelength, sadly that is all the relevant information i know.

    but when i stare into a white streetlight, I cant seem to figure out how this light pattern arises. It does not seem gradual, it looks more like a thin, jagged blue rim surrounding a white sphere in my vision.
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  3. Jun 25, 2011 #2
    possibly chromatic aberration
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