Distant Planets Could Have Plants of “Alien” Colors

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 12, 2007   View Article

Scientists may be able to determine the color of extraterrestrial plant life while studying distant planets, according to a pair of new studies.

Researchers have developed a way to analyze the light emitted by a given planet’s parent star and determine how that light interacts with various chemicals in the planet’s atmosphere.

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