what color is the sun

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Is it yellow because from Earth it usually looks yellow to us? Or is it white because the sun gives off all wavelengths of light (white light)? Or is it some other color?

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The sun is white because our eyes perceive light from the sun that way. There is no objective definition of “white” other than what appears as white to us. Aliens who evolved on a planet with a different sun would likely see it as “not white” or tinted either as a color of a shorter wavelength or a longer one.

Consider bulbs labeled “daylight”, “bright white” or “warm white”. These bulbs have light distributions representing the light output from different plasma temperatures. The “warm white” is reddish.

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