The brightness of the zenith sky during twilight

  • M. W. Chiplonkar


A visual photometer is described for measuring the brightness of the zenith sky during twilight. The results of measurements made with it at Bombay on a large number of clear moonless evenings during the period December 1937 to March 1938 are discussed. A red filter RG1 (Schott and Gen.) and a green filter VG1 (Schott and Gen.) were used. With the latter, it was possible to continue observations even when twilight conditions had completely ceased. The variations in brightness agree with a relation proposed by Link, namely,dI/I=β sin θ sec2 θdθ, where I is the brightness of the zenith sky, θ the angular depression of the sun below the horizon and β a constant. If the brightness is due only to primary scattering from the atmosphere illuminated by sunlight, it is possible to connect β with the temperature of the atmospheric layer responsible for the scattering. The difficulty however is to ascertain to what extent secondary scattering is important.


Colour Filter Green Filter Standard Candle Electric Lamp Secondary Scattering 
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