Infrared Colored Markers

The infrared images below show how different colors absorb different amounts of heat. Markers were used to write the names of the colors used on a white piece of paper. The paper was then place outside on the grass in warm sunlight. After about one minute, an infrared picture was taken. The brighter areas show colors which are warmer because they absorb more heat from the sun. Notice how the color black is the warmest, followed by blue, green, red, yellow and then white (the color of the paper). You may have noticed that light colored clothing keeps you cooler outdoors on a hot day than darker colored clothes do. These images show you why this is the case.