Monday, September 20, 2010

Why Peacock Shines

When God showered the world with colors, peacocks were probably one of the first few to catch the whole spectra of colors. Peacocks are the world’s most elaborate and showy males, mustering their physical resources to wow potential mates with their enormous and gaudy, fan-like tail plumage. Behind the stunningly beautiful plumage of a peacock lies a complex structure that changes color with the angle of incident light. This optical phenomenon is known as iridescence (an optical phenomenon in which hue changes with the angle from which a surface is viewed).

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