Thursday, November 23, 2006

the universe is beige...

the universe is beige
Current mood: dorky
Category: Life
thursday, november 23, 2006

Did you know...

the universe is actually BEIGE??? No jokes, folks...Actually "Cosmic Latte" is the color-phrase the lab coats coined, according to an article I read on
Apparantly a good number of years back, a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins University. (including Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldry) determined that the color of the universe was a greenish white, but they soon corrected their analysis in "The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: constraints on cosmic star-formation history from the cosmic spectrum", published in 2002. (sounds like a light read, doesn't it?) In this paper, they reported that their survey of the color of all light in the universe added up to a slightly beige white. The survey included more than 200,000 galaxies, and measured the spectral range of the light from a large volume of the universe. The hexadecimal RGB value for Cosmic Latte is #FFF8E7. (no i didn't double check this - pulled the code reference straight from!)

In a Washington Post article, the color was displayed. (I wonder how they were able to adjust the register to get the color right on newsprint?) Glazebrook jokingly said that he was looking for suggestions for a name for the new color. Several people who read the article sent in suggestions. "Cosmic Latte" was selected...Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the term "Milky Way" doesn't it?

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