What colour is the universe? It isn't what you think

Astronomers have attempted to answer many mysteries of the universe. Where did it come from? How old is it? (about 13.8 billion years old, if you're wondering). But the question that might be of most interest to creatives and colour theorists is what colour is it? It sounds like the kind of profound question up there with the meaning of life, but scientists have an answer to it – and it's probably the last colour you'd imagine.

Look up at night and you might assume the universe is pretty dark (we won't get into whether black is a colour – see our guide to colour theory), and based on science fiction films, you might imagine it to be a nebulous blue, green or purple – in fact, scientists originally thought it was turquoise. But no; it turns out that it's a colour that's loved and hated in equal measure. It's beige.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.