Abstract

As part of our ongoing research into the clear daytime sky’s visible structure, we analyze over 1500 skylight spectra measured during a seven-month period in Granada, Spain. We use spectral radiances measured within 3° fields of view (FOV’s) to define colorimetric characteristics along four sky meridians: the solar meridian and three meridians at azimuths of 45°, 90°, and 315° relative to it. The resulting clear-sky chromaticities in 44 different view directions (1) are close to but do not coincide with the CIE daylight locus, (2) form V-shaped meridional chromaticity curves along it (as expected from theory), and (3) have correlated color temperatures (CCT’s) ranging from 3800 K to ∞ K. We also routinely observe that sky color and luminance are asymmetric about the solar meridian, usually perceptibly so. A principal-components analysis shows that three vectors are required for accurate clear-sky colorimetry, whereas six are needed for spectral analyses.

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