• Question: Why is it so dark in space when there is the sun?

    Asked by bsamiwala to Jemma, John, Katie, Lisa on 21 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Katie Skeffington

      Katie Skeffington answered on 21 Jun 2012:

      When a light is turned on in a room, some of the light goes directly into our eyes, but even if we’re not looking directly at the light, the room still seems brighter. This is because light bounces off objects and reflects into our eyes. If you go into space, there is no atmosphere so there is nothing for the light to reflect off! So if you look directly at the sun, it will seem very bright, but if you look into space, it will seem very dark!