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Are the sun's rays mechanical waves or electromagnetic waves?

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2011-11-16 23:11:47
2011-11-16 23:11:47

Electromagnetic waves, if it was mechanical, something would literally have to make them!

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The suns rays are electromagnetic because sunlight has no mass. Mechanical waves can only occur in a substance with mass like water or oil. Or a block of wiggly rubber. Light waves are always only electromagnetic.


The sun is a mechanical wave because it doesn't have radio waves in it and it doesn't have spectrum energy, unlike electromagnetic energy.


One health risk i know of is leukemia from the suns ultraviolet light, which is an electromagnetic wave. im sure there are tons of other health risks from other electromagnetic waves such as gamma rays and x-rays.


the tranfer of energy from the sun in form of electromagnetic waves is known as radiation.


The UV rays of the sun are a part of the electromagnetic spectrum. These are high energy radiations. They build and destroy ozone both.


Radio waves ... including microwaves ... and X-rays are different only in wavelength (frequency). The sun radiates all of them.


Ultraviolet rays are very short wavelength waves above even the blue waves in the electromagnetic spectrum. They are responsible for sunburns on the skin, but are stopped by the skin. When compared with the longer infrared (heat)waves below the red waves in the same spectrum which can easily penetrate the skin and physically cook the entire body given sufficient time.


Most of it travels to Earth via light, and similar electromagnetic waves.


All these types come under category of electromagnetic radiatins


It does indeed reflect the suns rays.


About 17% of the suns rays get absorbed into our atmosphere


Since radiation is done by electromagnetic waves, it can travel through space. i.e no matter is required. That way you can heat up objects through space. Or, for example, the earth gets heated by the suns electromagnetic waves.


IR, visible, UV. Our sun's radiation peaks in the yellow portion of the spectrum.


No, the sun radiates light, and other electromagnetic radiation,continuously - even at night.


because the moon (I don't know the details) creates the waves and the oil is blocking out whatever it is that the moon does. I do believe and actually positive that the sun has a little affect on the waves and if the suns rays creates the waves than the oil would be acting as a mirror and blocking out the rays


When you consider the fact that every form of common energy (infrared, normal light, ultraviolet, gammas, x-rays and so) are part of the electromagnetic spectrum the answer appears to be yes.


The suns rays are most intense between 12 lunchtime and 3pm


The thing which protects us from suns UV rays is the ozone. It is an allotrope of oxygen element.



The sun emits sun rays it does not reflect them.


Well when the suns rays hits our Earths atmosphere, the suns rays scatter across the world nearly and becomes blue skies...


The ozone layer is mostly affected the by the suns ultraviolet rays. This layer is present in the stratospheric region of atmosphere.


Ultra Violet light (UV) light or also known as the suns harmful rays or suns rays


The suns rays are most direct around or at the equator.


the melin in your body absorbs the suns rays.



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