Out of this world colors

Splashed across our galaxy, the deepest recesses of space offer a spectacular spectrum of colors—some of which we’re able to capture right here on our planet.

A closer look at the night sky reveals a color palette as vibrant as anything found on terra firma.
Photograph by Keith Ladzinski

Stare into a clear night sky and imagine a curtain of black pierced by pinpricks of light from distant stars. But the universe is more than black and white. Despite space being full of wavelengths that our eyes cannot see, traveling through space would reveal some wonderful colors. To try and capture these colors on Earth would take us to some fascinating places and with the OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G—the only smartphone with an end-to-end-range of one billion colors—we can re-create “out of this world color.”

Red Mars

Even from Earth, Mars looks red, and its distinctive color has been its hallmark since ancient times. The Red Planet is also the planet that we have explored the most, with probes and rovers sending us spectacular color photographs of its rugged red surface. These have helped prove that Mars is red because its surface material contains a lot of iron oxide—the same compound that gives blood and rust their colors. It is still unclear why so much iron remains on the surface of Mars, and exactly how it became oxidized into rust. On Earth, most iron is locked in our planet’s molten core, but there are still some landscapes that have the same rusty appearance as the Red Planet. In the Canyon Lands of North America’s Colorado Plateau, silt and sands from ancient marshes have formed an orange-red desert that looks hauntingly similar to Mars.

Yellow Venus

Venus is easy to find in the sky: it’s the brightest planet in our solar system, and, at certain times of the year, can even be seen during the day. When viewed through a telescope, Venus takes on a yellowish tinge that ranges from light and creamy to a bright and sunny yellow. And yet, missions to photograph the planet’s surface show it to be reddish-brown. The reason we see Venus as yellow is because it is shrouded in thick clouds of sulfuric acid, which to our eyes give it a yellow appearance. Here on Earth, yellow sulfur deposits can be found near hot springs and volcanoes all around the world. In the Danakil Depression, Ethiopia, plumes of pale gas billow from beneath the bright-yellow sulfur deposits that transform this desert into an alien-like landscape on Earth.

Blue Neptune

It took mathematics to find Neptune, the only planet in our solar system that we cannot see from Earth without a telescope. This is a shame, because Neptune is colored a beautifully intense blue. Neptune is an ice giant, meaning that most of its mass is a hot dense fluid of materials such as water, ammonia, and methane. It’s the methane that reflects blue light to give Neptune its vibrant color. Scientists disagree over why Neptune is so intensely blue; our solar system’s other ice giant, Uranus, is a pale turquoise. It may simply be that Neptune is farther from the sun, but some scientists think there may be an unknown component at play. On our own “Blue Planet,” the color blue is everywhere from sea to sky. One survey employed a spectrometer to determine the world’s bluest skies: Rio de Janeiro topped the list, followed by New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and South Africa.

Green Nebula

Some 3,300 light-years away a star is dying, but it is not going quietly. IC 1295 is a green glowing planetary nebula formed around the dim and dying star. As the star fades out of existence, its atmosphere is blown into space creating colorful clouds of luminous gas. Different chemical elements glow with different colors and the ghostly green shroud that surrounds IC 1295 gets its color from doubly ionized oxygen. This green nebula is visible from Earth with a large telescope, but similarly spooky green clouds can be seen with the naked eye in the skies of the polar regions. Aurorae, commonly known as the Northern Lights or Southern Lights, are colorful electrical phenomenon that form spectacular swirling clouds of multicolored light dancing across the skies. Because of their composition, including oxygen, aurorae are predominantly green.

Black Holes

By definition and reputation, black holes are the blackest objects in the universe. The gravitational pull of a black hole is so strong that even light cannot escape―and black is defined as the absence of light! But science suggests that even black holes emit some kind of light, and while they were previously thought to be “unseeable,” we now have a photograph of one. The Event Horizon Telescope Project pieced together a picture of a black hole that appears as a dark circle silhouetted by a disk of bright light. This halo is created by glowing gas and dust that has been superheated to millions of degrees by massive gravitational and magnetic forces. Finding the blackest blacks on Earth can take you into the remotest deserts or the deepest caves—though the darkest place on Earth is believed to be the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

Capturing true colors in space can be difficult, but it’s now a lot easier on Earth. The OPPO Find X3 Pro captures color more accurately than any other smartphone, with an end-to-end range of one billion colors and Oppo’s first dual 50 megapixel camera. Its best-in-class ultra-wide-angle lens lets you take the most epic landscapes, while its x60 magnification micro camera helps you draw even greater detail and texture out of a subject—always with the most authentic colors. As day turns to night, the long exposure “night mode” of the OPPO Find X3 Pro effortlessly captures the many subtle shades of twilight, and is equally ready when the stars come out. These advanced photographic features make the OPPO Find X3 Pro the perfect way to capture “out of this world color” whenever―and wherever―you find it.

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