University of St Andrews   Astrophysics Group  Physics @ St Andrews

Could Black Trees Blossom in a World With Two Suns?

Press release from The UK National Astronomy Meeting - 19th April 2011

1 In M star radiation habitats, vegetation may have more photosynthetic pigments in order to make use of a fuller range of wavelengths, giving them a ‘black’ appearance. Above: Terrestrial examples of a dark plants (and flowers).
1 Gliese 667 is one of two multiple star systems (the other being 55 CnC) known to host planets below 10 Earth masses. Image Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

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1 Black plants on a world with two suns.

 

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