I am a space buff. I discovered science fiction when I was eight years old. I have been convinced since then that we are not alone.
The Kepler telescope is being used to try and find planets around other stars hopefully in the habitable zone. That would be the zone that would be able to have water and not be too hot or too cold so that life could exist in that place. It is the holy grail of exoplanet research. The European Space Agency will be launching the Gaia Mission this year with this as its goal ” To create the largest and most precise three dimensional chart of our Galaxy by providing unprecedented positional and radial velocity measurements for about one billion stars in our Galaxy and throughout the Local Group.”
I follow the travels of Curiosity on Mars. I really hope it finds evidence of life on Mars. The other place in the solar system that might harbor life is Jupiter’s moon Europa. Again it is the European Space Agency that is planning on exploring Jupiter’s moon with a launch scheduled to arrive in 2030.
As an artist I frequently do landscapes with planets in the sky. I love gas planets and especially those with rings. Here is some of my artwork under alien skies.