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Originally posted by Condemned0625
Black plants and trees? That's my kind of planet. **** this planet then. I want to live on one of those planets where all of the plants, grass and trees are black, including the ground. A purple or red sky would be nice too.
Originally posted by XRaDiiX
Planets With Two Suns Can Grow Black Trees
Most plants on Earth are green because they enlist a biomolecule called chlorophyll to drive photosynthesis. Chlorophyll absorbs sunlight in the blue and red wavelengths most strongly, which makes sense; blue light is extremely energetic, and our sun throws off red light in great volumes.
Chlorophyll reflects sunlight around the green part of the electromagnetic spectrum, on the other hand, which is why leaves look green to us.
They found that alien planets orbiting such stars mght indeed host plant life very different than the green stuff we're used to here on Earth. [Top 10 Star Mysteries]
"Plants with dim red dwarf suns, for example, may appear black to our eyes, absorbing across the entire visible wavelength range in order to use as much of the available light as possible," O'Malley-James said.
O'Malley-James presented the team's results today (April 18) at the Royal Astronomical Society's national meeting in Llandudno, Wales.
absorbing across the entire visible wavelength range in order to use as much of the available light as possible