• Question: why is it pitch black in space

    Asked by Sienna G DJS to Hannah, Lucy, Phil, Rochelle, Stephen on 10 Mar 2017.
    • Photo: Lucy Kissick

      Lucy Kissick answered on 10 Mar 2017:

      This is a great question! It’s partly to do with being close to a light source (like the sun) but also with having an atmosphere to scatter that light. The night sky is black because we’re facing away from that light, and space is black even if you’re facing the sun because there is no atmosphere to scatter the light all around.

    • Photo: Hannah Sargeant

      Hannah Sargeant answered on 12 Mar 2017:

      black or darkness isn’t actually a colour, it just means there is no light. So when we look into space and see blackness, that means there is no light coming from that part of the sky, like from a star.