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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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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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