Why do things look darker when they're wet?
September 21, 2016 6:15 PM   Subscribe

Why do things look darker when they're wet?
posted by pompomtom to Science & Nature (2 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
 
AFAIK: Some of the light rays hitting an object are reflected back to your eye and some are absorbed. But when an object is wet, some of the light rays hitting water on the surface of the object get refracted back, giving it another chance to be absorbed, making the object appear darker.
posted by bluecore at 6:26 PM on September 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


Scishow did a video about this!
posted by Caravantea at 6:44 PM on September 21, 2016 [6 favorites]


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