The colour of the sun isn't yellow (and everyone's totally confused)

Three pantone colours - Sun Glare, Sun Orange and Sun Kiss.
None of Pantone's sun-themed colours are anywhere close to the real thing. (Image credit: Pantone)

From Hollywood movies to science classes to children's doodles, the sun has always been portrayed as the colour yellow, right? Its defining traits are that it's big, hot and yellow, but what if we told you that was wrong? (The yellow part, anyway.)

The true colour of the sun has been revealed, and if you haven't already guessed, it isn't yellow at all. Nor is it red, or orange like the media depicts. So, what colour is the sun? (Check out our piece on colour theory to find out everything from concepts to terminology.)

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.