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
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