absorption of light

i think the thing i love about sirius’s name is the complete comparison and the way it ties in with the ‘we’ve all got light and dark inside of us’ quote?? i mean

sirius = the brightest star in the earth’s night sky. blindingly so. intense. burns so fiercely. enticing.

black = the darkest colour due to the absence or complete absorption of light. deep. all-consuming.

both his first and his last name are extremely intense for different reasons and yet are at two completely different ends of the spectrum?? like the conflicting nature of his personality, two sides of the same coin.

This is NOT Abstract Art!

This is what you get when you pass the visible sun’s light through a prism-like device. ( called as Spectral Absorption Lines ). We all know what would happen right? Newton is accorded for this discovery. It ‘disassembles’ into its constituent colors (VIBGYOR). 

This statement is not entirely true per se because as you can deduce from the picture, some of the colors are missing! 

But why?

The dark patches in the above spectrum arise from gas at or above the Sun’s surface absorbing sunlight emitted below. Since different types of gas absorb different colors of light, it is possible to determine what gasses compose the Sun.

Albeit that is true, It is still not known why the Sun’s light is missing some colors! The majority of the spectral absorption lines have been identified but not all.