Questions tagged [unusual-color]

This tag should be used for questions that are related to our real world, but where objects or creatures have unusual colors, such as planets of different colors.

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What plant colours other than black could be available on a red dwarf planet?

Hello! I'm no scientist so I've reached the limit of my knowledge. I was wondering if any of you smart beans out there would be able to help me figure this out? Here are the specs of my system; ...
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What would humans look like if their blood were silver?

I have a species in mind that I want to write about for a book I'm planning, and they look exactly like humans (minus the 'unnatural' hair and eye colors they can posses). However, they have silver ...
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Can Apes (Including Humans) Be Naturally Patterned Like Felids?

For visual reference: Apes are visual species who rely more on their eyesight than any of the other senses. As a result, they see the world in three shades of color, whereas other mammals see in one ...
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Plausibility of purple oceans

Alright, so I've been meaning to write out a planet with golden/yellow fields and a violet / purple ocean. What I was thinking about is having the water of this world is so clean and nourishing that ...
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Infrared reality

Is it possible for an earth-like planet to be perceived (by human eyes) in real-time as an infrared photograph? If so, in what conditions?
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To make a blue moon, what element does it need?

We know that Mars has a reddish color, because its ground consists of iron-based compounds. The moon is grey-whiteish because it consists mostly of silicon-based compounds. What element should the ...
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How can I get different colours of ocean? [closed]

We think of oceans and large lakes as being blue. How can I get other colours in a way that is reasonably compatible with what we know from terrestial bio-geo-chemistry?
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A Wider Range of Human Skin Color — But Would The Transition Between Shades Be Natural? [closed]

Long ago, it was thought that the peoples of Europe developed white skin as a means of adapting to the low-level lighting of ice age Europe (an assumption that disregarded why the people of Asia don't ...
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Why would a big cat have black fur around its face?

A few days ago, I saw this very nice reconstruction of a Machairodus giganteus by Peter Hutzler: More recently, I've been thinking about it, and I'm wondering A) if it would evolve without getting in ...
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Can a planet harbor plants of different colors without one pigment outcompeting the others?

On Earth, all plants are green because they contain the pigment chlorophyll, which photosynthesizes by absorbing all light except green light. However, it is quite possible - if not likely - that ...
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Advanced Alien Coloring [closed]

The Mantis Shrimp is a crustacean known for two things: its punch its eyes For this question I will focus on the latter. A theory about the effects of their super vision is that it causes their ...
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Could an organism see in infrared light as well as normal light, using its brain to process what it sees into a single image?

Tl;dr: Humans create a composite image out out what each of their eyes see Humans process the two images into one using their visual cortex Humans can't see infrared because of a lack of ...
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Growing blue trees

What about the atmosphere of earth makes green the best color for plants, and what would have to change to make blue the best color? The fact that these changes could not happen on earth, an so would ...
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Purple soil - how would it be possible?

For one of my projects, I'm developing an inhabited Earth-like world, with the key visual difference being that much of the land is purple, instead of the brownish colour it is on Earth. My question ...
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Can a rocky planet or moon be stark white?

From pictures I've seen, all rocky planets in our solar system are some shade of grey, brown, and red. Ignoring stuff like atmosphere and oceans and plant life of course. I was thinking of a world ...
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Blue soil (aka dirt) in an earth-like planet?

How could blue soil exist, in a realistic earth-like world. The world may even be earth. First off is it even possible - could soil like this exist given the requirements below? (if not then why?) ...