What color is the Sun? Be careful now, don’t look directly at it while checking. If you answered yellow you’d be right… and wrong, depending on who you ask. From moon landing deniers to flat Earthers, folks have been pushing the limits of conspiracy theories for a long time, but now there is a new group of people with some insane ideas about our star: Sun truthers.
Jacqui Deevoy is one such Sun truther and posted a picture to Twitter yesterday describing her theory.
“I’m just telling a person in their 20s that the sun used to be yellow when I was a child and he’s laughing. The last time he saw a yellow sun was on Teletubbies.”
In short, she thinks that the Sun used to be yellow, and now it’s turned white.
I’m just telling a person in their 20s that the sun used to be yellow when I was a child and he’s laughing. The last time he saw a yellow sun was on Teletubbies. Here’s the sun right now. White and a weird shape. How’s it looking where you are? pic.twitter.com/C3BJdt7s8I— Jacqui Deevoy (@JacquiDeevoy1) May 3, 2023
are sun truthers a thing now? is that a new type of conspiracy person? they replaced the sun and we need to stare at the fake one to heal our eyes i guess. pic.twitter.com/3h7GSH7MTU— jenny_tightpants (@halomancer1) May 3, 2023
While Jacqui did not theorize a cause for her observation, she was far from the only person with some Sun suspicions. Her post has 3.2 million views, and dozens of people commented on their own wild observations about the bright orb in our sky.
Jacqui is also an advocate for a practice known as sungazing, which she believes “Can cure or relieve certain eye issues.” For your own safety, please do not look at the Sun.
Just been talking about this today. I remember the sun being yellow in the 80s and 90s. This is the sun (and spraying) here today. pic.twitter.com/ouxYRTMbmS— Queen Tantrum (@queentantrum) May 3, 2023
Completely agree with you. Devon just now. Look at all those chemicals pic.twitter.com/yIo1EXxidA— Bella (@BellaJon) May 3, 2023
I mentioned this to a friend back in 2017. I stated the sun must have had an upgrade. Specifically that the sun was yellow now it's white.— The Plot Thickens (@KZubbs88) May 3, 2023
Sun-gazing. Can cure or relieve certain eye issues too.— Jacqui Deevoy (@JacquiDeevoy1) May 3, 2023
In reality, the Sun releases light across many spectrums, which appears white to our eyes. But it always has. It's the atmosphere that’s responsible for any yellow tint. “It’s only yellow because that’s what you were told as a child,” one person commented. “We could tell you the sky is blue and you’ll find a way to try to convince us it’s green.”
The Sun is white. Always has been. It looks yellow on Earth because the atmosphere scatters blue light, which is why the sky is blue. Depending on atmospheric conditions, the Sun will appear white-ish yellow to red. Hope this helps.— Newton's Apple Core (@DoubleDoubleJon) May 3, 2023
This beautiful sunset I caught showed the gradient and variability of the suns colour palette! It can range from white, bluish, yellow, orange, and even red! In reality, the sun is an amalgam of hydrogen and helium gases, which have colours ranging from white to red! pic.twitter.com/MqemdLQi1Z— Rubin INFP-T (@Muslake) May 3, 2023
Due to global warming, our atmosphere has changed slightly over the past few decades. Is it possible that the sun looks marginally different to us than it used to? Perhaps. Sun truthers really might be onto something, just not for the reasons they think. But is the Sun itself different? No, it’s not. And definitely don’t look at it.