reply to post by ArMaP
ArMaP, I love your ability to anaylize images, especically (possible poor spelling) when it comes to interpretting images transmitted from other
I believe we can ALL agree that any planet in our Solar System (except for the obvious possibility that various moons might interfere, by altering the
reflected light of the Sun?) will shine based upon the well-known spectrum of OUR Sun.
The colors we are familiar with, here on Earth, are what results after regular Sunlight filters down through OUR atmospere. After all, we are
(humans) physically adapted to see in certain spectra, with our natural eyes....(we don't, for instance, see in the infrared or the UV unless
Other species on Earth can see different spectra....bees, to name one example, can see into the UltraViolet.
THAT species adapted...even in our Earthly environment, because that's how Evolution works! Adaptation, to conform to changing conditions, when
But, this isn't about evolution, it is about the perception of colors, and HOW they are perceived by our various machines, compared to how they are
perceived by the human eye.
I have read that color-blindness, as it's called, mostly occurs in male Humans. I actually KNOW a man who cannot discern red from green...one of the
most severe forms of 'color-blindness'...
This man can drive a car, of course, because you can learn the standardized traffic-light configurations. BUT, he would never be able to fly an
airplane, because the color-blindness tests are much more subtle, since I have seen them. I know this because I have held an FAA-approved Medical for
more than 30 years, and part of the test includes the color charts. ("What number do you see?" is part of the color test....if you are
'color-dumb' you either don't see the actual numbers, or you see other numbers....either way, it shows your defiency....)
OK, back to the point: A machine 300,500 km away, or millions of km away must use some system to record, and then send, 'photographs' so that we
poor Earthlings can try to intrepret them.
I have seen so many 'blogs' where the inference is...."Just take a Polaroid" , inferring that then we all can see it. Well, just WHO is going to
bring that Polaroid Picture back to Earth?????
To summarize: Our Human eyes see a narrow spectrum of what we call 'visible' light. It suited our species, as we evolved. We now have machines
able to see other spectra, that we can use our huge brains to interpret. We Humans also learned, through study, that not EVERY species on our planet
views the World through the same spectra as we....so, I think we should be somewhat humbled by this, to realize that we are NOT to think, anymore,
that we dominate the Planet.