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And you thought it was #006699.
January 10, 2002 8:16 PM   Subscribe

And you thought it was #006699.
posted by obiwanwasabi (24 comments total)

 
Truly, a cosmic reason to make this the new [background?] color of MeFi.
posted by hincandenza at 8:22 PM on January 10, 2002


The universe looks like an old couch my mom had.
posted by Hildago at 8:24 PM on January 10, 2002


Look upon the universe, people:


Funny how the color RBG values they mention are actually are darker than the shot they show at the top. Assuming they are in fact out of 1.0, I can't imagine what else they would be, looks a little like the shot at the bottom I guess
posted by malphigian at 8:26 PM on January 10, 2002


Would it have killed you to include an actual description of the link?
posted by UrbanFigaro at 8:33 PM on January 10, 2002


Wait. Now I'm lost. Is the actual definition of "the universe" all the stuff that's inside the universe, or the black void between all the stuff that's inside the universe? Leave it to scientists to make the obvious so difficult. I mean you look up in space at night, and you see that the color of the universe is black with white sparkly things in it. Like the opposite of cookies & cream ice cream. Cut and dried.

These scientist boobs took the colors from all the stars they could see, mixed the different colors together, and are amazed that it came out to be a putrid greenish brown kinda color. Heck, a three year old with fingerpaints could tell you that.
posted by ZachsMind at 9:07 PM on January 10, 2002


I've got the universe in my bellybutton lint.
Bitchn'.

My ego will never settle down, now.
posted by dong_resin at 9:54 PM on January 10, 2002


Know my navel! IT IS ALL!
posted by dong_resin at 9:55 PM on January 10, 2002



#CCFFCC? Eeeeee!!!

posted by y2karl at 10:02 PM on January 10, 2002


i liked 42 better as an answer...
posted by sixtwenty3dc at 10:06 PM on January 10, 2002


The given values give you the same hue as the one shown, but just a little bit dark (#446257) - as the universe is, I guess. If you want the colour a bit brighter, it comes out as about #b2ffe2. All of this is, of course, relying on your monitor having the correct gamma settings, etc. (and it's still not that great a colour)
posted by Lionfire at 10:19 PM on January 10, 2002


#456357? You'd think the universe would be in pretty, web-safe colours... unless the W3C isn't really in tune with the oneness of all things.
posted by phalkin at 10:25 PM on January 10, 2002


I stand corrected? Eeeeyew!
posted by y2karl at 10:30 PM on January 10, 2002


I guess it just goes to show, God isn't an interior designer.
posted by RylandDotNet at 10:48 PM on January 10, 2002


So these are the mixed colors the universe absorbs the least, thus reflecting them back at us. The universe HATES that color. Being part of the universe I hate it too.
posted by skallas at 10:51 PM on January 10, 2002


you look up in space at night, and you see that the color of the universe is black with white sparkly things in it.

Right. From the inside looking out. But I think they mean from the outside looking in. Step outside the universe, far enough away so that the collective light from the stars forms the elliptical shape with the two interstellar dust trails, and the universe becomes the pale green hue of Marge Simpson's dress.
posted by David Dark at 12:03 AM on January 11, 2002


The universe is a sort of the color of those vintage jadite dishes that Martha Stewart has thing for.

Some how I KNEW she was behind everything! I KNEW IT!
posted by Dome-O-Rama at 12:41 AM on January 11, 2002


it's got to be said. the earth clashes terribly with it.
posted by quarsan at 1:18 AM on January 11, 2002


on the actual link it's a pale celadon color...supposed to be a hot decorator color this year. Also the color of a particular type of Thai pottery......nice.

In the hands of a competent interior decorator that color would go very nicely.....
posted by bunnyfire at 3:33 AM on January 11, 2002


on the actual link it's a pale celadon color...supposed to be a hot decorator color this year. Also the color of a particular type of Thai pottery......nice.

In the hands of a competent interior decorator that color would go very nicely.....
posted by bunnyfire at 3:33 AM on January 11, 2002


How can the universe be only one colour? The uni prefix is very misleading. Which leaves verse; much more truthful.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:51 AM on January 11, 2002


universe \U"ni*verse\, n. [L. universum, from universus universal; unus one + vertere, versum, to turn, that is, turned into one, combined into one whole; cf. F. univers. See One, and Verse.] All created things viewed as constituting one system or whole; the whole body of things, or of phenomena; the ? ? of the Greeks, the mundus of the Latins; the world; creation.

re: ? ?--Socrates (469-399 BCE): "The unexamined life is not worth living."
posted by Carol Anne at 5:44 AM on January 11, 2002


Actually I think the correct color is #456357, or brightened to 100%, #B5FFE7. The news services seem to have agreed on a slightly less painfully bright version, which should be somewhere near #A1E3CD, but is actually #A2E8CC on The New Scientist's article and #A2E8CE on CNN's article. Needless to say all of these last variations look identical in my browser.

#456357
the universe
#B5FFE7
bright
#A1E3CD
medium
#A2E8CC
New Scientist
#A2E8CE
CNN

The really amusing thing is that both articles include a photo credit. (It's actually credited to Baldry and Glazebrook, the scientists mentioned in the story, so apparently they're the ones who thought that the true color of the universe was too dark for prime time.)
posted by mmoncur at 6:43 AM on January 11, 2002


It still like like surgical scrubs to me. --Nurse, scapel.
posted by Down10 at 12:22 AM on January 12, 2002


Would it have killed you to include an actual description of the link?

It came down to five seconds from my life against five seconds from everybody else's. You lost.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 2:34 PM on January 13, 2002


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