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Kepler's Discovery by priteeboy Kepler's Discovery by priteeboy
Us space nerds would already know what this is paying hommage to :greetings: yesterday's announcement of the Kepler space telescope's most recent and exciting discovery - the most potentially Earthlike of all extrasolar planets found so far.

Although the telescope has found over 1'000 other candidates for Earthlike worlds, the recently found one conforms even moreso to what it has been looking for. The planet, named "Kepler 22b" (wow, that's actually, remotely easy to remember for once :O) Orbits a star very much like our own sun, only a bit smaller and dimmer, but this is compensated for by the fact it's still in the most ideal part of the "habitable zone" - where surface temperatures are mild enough for water to exist in liquid form rather than boiling steam or freezing ice, as long as there's water there, life also would be pretty much expected too.
Kepler 22b is 600 lightyears away is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, bigger than our world but still small enough to be a possible Earth-twin as very large planets are often gas giants with no definable surface, finding one this "small" is also a big deal, as they aren't as easily detected as massive planets whose size could rule out the possibility of life :alien:

This is the first time in a long time I've made something just out of impulse - yep, I'm not really sounding like a soulful "paint from the heart" artist these days. I think I over-plan stuff. But not this time, it was an enjoyable moment of creating something based off some news I heard that interested me enough to go ahead and draw it :painter: Plus I hoped I could make one of the earliest decent renditions of the world which nobody knows what it actually looks like, maybe one day when it is found out people can do comparisons, hopefully they'll get a best-case scenario like this rather than another dead rock :fingerscrossed:

Artwork remains the property of my gallery and is not to be used, edited or sold without my permission Non-profit blogs regarding the planet or discoveries of exoplanets in general are free to feature this as an example provided credit is given.

Space lovers, both on dA or off may also enjoy my Solar System calendar for sale, ready for 2012 :dummy:
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KeplerZone Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Planet Kepler-22b Globe
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not bad :)
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Koogleblitz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i thought the search for exoplanets had to restart because they didnt count the atmospheric content of the moons?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never heard of that. But I would just assume they'd make a separate list for moons like we already do with our own solar system :diny:
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RoseShadowangel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Hey can I use this info for class research?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess that's OK. Though maybe refer back here if it end sup similar enough ;p
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RoseShadowangel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist
lol thx i really appreciate it, it will really help me on my research!! 
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jonaslion52 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you ever think we can life there and start new and don't **** things up

I do
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I assume by the time we have invented that level of technology we would have surely found a way to deal with the mistake of the past (by which I mean the present :XD:)
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jonaslion52 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just hope that if we can one day get to live there, we won't do a mass like we have done to earth
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how they talk bout it only being xx light-years away. Sounds like you can board the Trans-Australian Express or here in the U.S., the Capitol Limited and be there in a few days. Another thing, we are looking back in time, they may not even exist at this very moment. I think that is lost upon many people. It is a shame that these Science periodicals don't give themselves more legitimacy with those things and in my opinion, illustrations like yours that can be looked at and be realistic.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the closer it is (in lightyears) the less far back in time we are looking at it. Something 50 lightyears away is still likely to exist now as it appeared 50 years ago (when that "image" that we just recently got was first projected) It's hard for an entire planet to just disappear without its sun going out first, and they would have noticed something like that way before it happens :nod: Though things that are thousands or millions of lightyears away might be different. Think how different Earth would look to aliens observing it from a million lightyears away. Assuming they could even see the details, there still wouldn't even be a single human, or even cave-man in sight :O_o:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True but I always felt that light was like a river and that the ripples upstream would not be noticed until they reach the area I'm in. Still you're right on this. Even if we could look at Earth millions of years away, given with Continental Drift and the like it would look totally different.
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Elitanna Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just a curious question, where did you get the clouds for the planet?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never use one cloudmap. I Photoshop lots together, and after that I spend a lot of time painting in the larger, more significant features that I want in there but couldn't find in any real images (that had a decent enough resolution :paranoid:)
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Dalekleader117 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
that moon looks like it has an atmosphere... good work i always wanted to see a habitable moon
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Words fail me at the moment to describe this.
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Rajalyoko23 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I felt like Columbus after he found America.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only now we still have to wait and see if this really is a land of opportunity...or just a lifeless dud :fingerscrossed:
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Trinitas127 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It seems to have that old world primitive feel to it, don't ya think?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always imagined a prehistoric Earth to have an eerie greenish colour to it. Even way back when I drew a series of "Earth through time" pictures as a kid (inspired by similar I saw in an astronomy book) one thing I decided to do though was give the prehistoric-stage Earth a green/aqua like colour :alientwo:
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Trinitas127 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Me too. It just seems to accent the passage of time, ya know?
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CorentinChiron Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very cool ^^
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MrJmZack Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Marvelous!
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FunnelVortex Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Those hurricanes look pretty close to the equator.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Depends on where you draw the equator line. We could be looking at it from an angle, focusing on the northern hemisphere ;)
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FunnelVortex Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Or the southern, considering those hurricanes are going clockwise. But we dont know which way Kepler 22b rotates. So yeah.

Also, considering Kepler 22b has 1.7X the gravity of Earth, getting a hurricane going is gonna require much more heat than on Earth.
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Guyvantic Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work
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Ace-Ride Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Awosme! I did a research paper in english class last year on "superearths" and I think that Kepler 22b was one of the ones I found during my reasearch! Non-digital sources were hard to find, but it was worth it. If it does look like this, it would be amazing, great job!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember I did a public speaking assessment when I was in English (before the later years where they gave you a topic) and my topic of choice was about the lesser-known facts of our Solar System which I heard recently from a documentary which I found so interesting that I just had to share. Amazingly it was enough to keep the whole class of 15-year old's listening all the way through :lol: It sure beat that guy whose speech was about his favourite football team and why they are the best :slow:
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Ace-Ride Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Awsome! I don't think many people paid that much attention to my presentation. My english class that year wasn't exactily full of science fanatics if you know what I mean. It was a documentary that made me want to share the information, too :lol:
Science beats sports yet again!
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Elitanna Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very impressive.
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The-Astronomer Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
The exact specifications, if you are interested, are 587.1 LY and 2.38x Earth's Mass. Unfortunately, at such a distance, it is all but unreachable. Even a signal sent from Earth would probably be garbled by the time it reached Kepler-22b...
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And here I was thinking it was "only" 300 or so lightyears away...that's almost twice as much :(

Yeah, I often wonder what happens to long-travelling signals through space. They are bound to get distorted and eventually inaudible after enough time and distance :whisper:
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
It's atmosphere looks a little different from Earth's. What do you think it could be?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was almost going to go for a blue Earth atmosphere which is probably to be expected, but even in a realism attempt I had to give into my science fiction side and give it a different atmosphere colour, more greenish than blue.

Possibly the green colour could be caused by the presence of floating algae in the air, it might develop on a planet with a dense enough atmosphere. Similar to how algae turns ponds green on Earth :nod:
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
There will be subtle differences.
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RosesDreams Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Awesome as always my friend!
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MrMegaMattX Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how you're so optimistic about them finding any life out there:) I feel the exact same way;) But I'm also a little upset because there are people, such as a lot of Christians that say that God created the universe and life specifically and only for earth, thus, being the only planet in the cosmos with life and with everything else just a waste! That pisses me off beyond belief because the universe would be SO dead, SO boring, depressing, and a GARGANTUAN waste of all that created space if that were true.
I don't know about you, but I'm a Christian. I love God. Unlike them, I STRONGLY believe that God had to have created lots of other living planets besides earth. If God made the universe SO big, with billions and billions of galaxies, each one with billions and billions of potential stars that would make habitability for a planet or two, Why the heck would he stop at that little, teeny tiny, microscopic grain of dust we call our planet?! That's why I WANT there to be life out there, that way the entire, near infinite universe would be A LOT more exciting to explore.:D
I'm not trying to push anything on you. I'm just expressing my thoughts and feelings. Besides, that's a very fantastic piece of work you made ;) And I am BEGGING that they find life out there.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's one saying I heard that says "Anything in the universe that can happen once - will happen again given enough time" Which is true, even incredibly specific circumstances like Earth's development are bound to happen again. It may take a million tries from a million planets, but with a million being such a small number when referring to the universe - the odds are very likely :D Like rolling a dice with a million sides - it may seem unlikely to get the same number twice, but with an infinite number of tries you're bound to get it again eventually :w00t:
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow the level of detail is really amazing, we won't have pics this hi quality of 22b for a long time :D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man if I could have real pictures of any planet it would be this. Hopefully its more interesting than just a Neptune-clone or something :fingerscrossed:
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anarchyeight Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
I think people are ignoring the fact that if the planet is 2.4 times the size of Earth, and it had the same density -- we wouldn't be able to survive on a planet with such a high gravity! If the density was about half of Earth's, then we would be alright.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We wouldn't survive on it - but any native populations of animals or plants that develop there would have evolved to be accustomed to the high gravity. They would likely be shorter and bulkier :strong:
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Can't believe I didn't see this before. Excellent piece :) I still haven't reached the point where I can create something comparable in Vue. Great job!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't use Vue for this one though, it was done in a more conventional way :D

I like using Vue for close-up planets, though I often have to create super high-res, seamless textures which can be a pain since it's too much for my computer to handle, even then I have to "tile" the texture as much as I can without signs of repetition being obvious, just to get a glimpse at part of a nearby planet edge :phew: It's usually easier for mid-distance planets like this to just do it in Photoshop with the good o'l Spherize filter :)
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Long-Pham Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh the render is cool. That discovery is just the first of a long series hopefully. And someday we could be part of the "great races of the galaxy" club.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think we'd be invited to such a club yet, maybe a select few - and believe me - they won't be the overrated politicians and celebrities that everyone deems important :no:
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Long-Pham Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that's so right. I was thinking more like hundred of years from now :)
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esk6a Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice! I especially love the larger moon. That kind of planet textures are my favorite ;) The planet is very nicely done too, its just a bit too green for me. :P
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