Item No. 2026
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The rare earth metals used to produce our planet series were created inside a star.
When stars burn their hydrogen, every element found on Earth is produced as a byproduct.
These elements are then distributed throughout the cosmos during explosive super novas.
Eventually they coalesce into planets where we refine them at 2,300 degrees to produce colored glass.
Early Earth may have been just as purple as it is green today.
Retinal, is a light-sensitive molecule that functions well in a low-oxygen environment.
Its found in the membrane of a photosynthetic microbe called halobacteria, which absorbs green light and reflects red and violet.
Halobacteria belong to a group of organisms whose lineage stretches back to a time before Earth had an oxygen atmosphere. See examples on the left.