55 Cancri e, Janssen
Twice as big as our planet, this super-Earth is captivating for more than its size. Some astronomers believe that 55 Cancri e may have lava flows on the surface, a luminous and exciting prospect. First discovered in 2004 by a team from the University of Texas, researchers have estimated the surface temperature to be around 2,700 degrees Celsius. The bright, glowing quality of this painting was inspired by this super-hot, super-sized exoplanet.
Oil on Canvas
Eva Bod ’20
Barbara McArthur, Michael Endl, William Cochran, Fritz Benedict, Debra Fischer, Geoffrey Marcy, Paul Butler, Dominique Naef, Michel Mayor, Diedre Queloz, Stephane Udry, & Thomas Harrison, “Detection of a Neptune-Mass Planet in the ρ1 Cancri System Using the Hobby-Eberly Telescope”, Astrophysics Journal, Letters, 8 September 2004