Are blackbodies black?
No........It does not always appear black. The name derives from the concept of a black-body as a theoretically ideal absorber of light (and other electromagnetic radiation). However, that also happens to make it a perfect emitter.
A ideal black-body at “room temperature” would indeed appear black, but if heated enough it would start to emit light. This is shown in graphs of “black-body radiation”. The point is that if a black-body is a perfect absorber of light, it’s also a perfect emitter of light, when hot enough.
Incidentally, at room temperature a black-body will be emitting infra-red radiation, but that’s invisible to our eyes without special detectors and so it appears black to us. A temperature of around 900 Kelvin is needed for a black-body to become visible to us by emitted radiation alone.
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