For my final blog this month i wanted to show my latest artist impression. I created this artist impression for Franck Marchis (SETI Institute) together with Daniel Jontof-Hutter and Jason Rowe (NASA Ames Research Centre). This illustration depicts the solar system Kepler 138. The significance of this discovery is that exoplanet Kepler 138b is quite small compared to most exoplanets; it has about the same size and mass as Mars. The gravity of Kepler 138's three planets pull them into a slightly different position than they would have been if they had not been influenced by each other. This enabled...

Illustration Artist Impression of Kepler 62f - Created for Franck Marchis Science Outreach Manager and Senior Planetary Manager at the SETI Institute. For the discovery of the Kepler 62 system i illustrated an Artist Impression, as seen from Kepler 62f. Two of the planets (e and f) in the system are Super-Earths and were targets for the SETI search. Both planets are within the Goldilocks zones of their star and would likely be engulfed in water, which could lead to life that is very different than our own. Illustration of Jill Tarter, to Honour her for her 35 years of...

The Drake Equation - Created for Karen Randell, Director of Special Projects at the SETI Institute For the SETI Institute i designed a visual of the Drake Equation. The Drake Equation helps estimate the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way. Frank Drake, founder of the SETI Institute, thought up this equation to stimulate dialogue at the first SETI meeting in Green Bank, West Virginia. This image of the Drake Equation was created for the SETIjam; a game-jam meant for developers to create a game based on the theme of the Drake Equation. So it was very...

5 years ago i was watching a TV-show while I was trying to ignore that I was on my rowing machine for a daily dose of boring exercise. I had no idea then how watching that TV-show would effect my life. I had zapped to a show about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence by Seth Shostak, the Senior Astronomer of the SETI Institute. Inspired by his humorous and impressive presentation I'd emailed the SETI Institute to send him my kudos. As a true fan of the movie “Contact” (I've seen that movie at least a dozen times) it was the...

Capturing Sunlight My artwork intends to remind the viewer of the interconnectedness between the individual and the universe as a whole. Within my artistic practice, I am acting as an interventionist, setting up purposeful chemical reactions that are prompted by natural happenings outside of Earth’s atmosphere. One of the simplest ways for me to do this, is to create prints using ultraviolet light from the Sun using the cyanotype process. To create a cyanotype, paper is coated with Potassium Ferricyanide and Ferric Ammonium Citrate. When the paper is exposed to ultraviolet light (usually from the Sun), a chemical reaction takes place...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.