Gliese 581 g

Gliese 581 g

Within the Libra constellation, Gliese 581 g is potentially host to a wealth of knowledge that can inform our understanding of exoplanets that can sustain life. This exoplanet is tidally locked to the star, meaning that the side facing the star is always basking in light while the other face of the planet is in endless darkness. The line between the shadow and light is called the terminator, the most habitable zone on the surface. This blue planet watercolor was inspired by Earth-like imagery.


Watercolor on Paper


Eva Bod ’20

Curated Resources

Steven Vogt, Paul Butler, Eugenio Rivera, Nader Haghighipour, Gregory Henry, & Michael Williamson, “The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: A 3.1 M Planet in the Habitable Zone of the Nearby M3V Star Gliese 581″, Astrophysics Journal, 15 October 2010

“Your Guide to Exoplanets,” The Planetary Society

“The Different Kind of Exoplanets You Meet in the Milky Way,” The Planetary Society

“How to Search for Exoplanets”, The Planetary Society

“What Is the Habitable Zone?,” The Planetary Society