Unnamed Exoplanet by Chipka ()
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According to Wikipedia, the first evidence of a suspected exoplanet (extrasolar planet) occurred as early as 1917, but wasn’t actually recognized as such. Since then, countless extrasolar planets have been discovered, either directly or indirectly.
During my eternal (yet short) stint in a suburb of Chicago, I’d created numerous “planet images” as a way to lessen the soul-numbing boredom and stress endured in that strange, rabbit-clogged netherworld. I’m out of Berwyn, Illinois now. My life is no longer clogged with wild rabbits. Because of something both gained and lost during my tenure in Berwyn, I’m making what moves I can to get back to Prague. My hope is to move there permanently, and—possibly—to regain something that I’d caught a glimpse of and lost in the profoundly flat and infinitely dingy confines of Chicago’s southwestern appendix.
In honor of those planets, I went through photographs I’d taken very recently, hoping to find ice and snow not associated with photos I'd made in that place. While rebuilding an important friendship (something else that Berwyn, Illinois, nearly destroyed) I found myself taking lots of pictures of ice on a concrete windowsill. I liked the texture, I saw the potential for…something new…and as of today, that potential has shown itself as a whole new world. From its appearance, it’s an Earth-like planet. Or maybe not. This world I have yet to name is circled by two moons, and its night skies are dominated by a not-so-distant nebula. Perhaps the nebula in question is what remains of a stellar nursery. I know nothing of the world or the story that this image implies, but perhaps in time (and maybe in Prague) such a story will emerge. I doubt, very seriously, if it’ll have anything to do with a dull, lifeless place stuck to the southwestern flank of Chicago like a wad of bubblegum with street-grit in it.
As always, thank you for viewing, reading, and commenting, and I hope you’re all having a great pre-spring weekend.
Image Comments (7)
A very cool image! The Kepler Space Telescope has finished it's survey and determined that there are approximately four billion exoplanets in the Goldilocks zone (potentially habitable) within our Milky Way Galaxy and about five trillion in the observable universe. When the James Webb Space Telescope goes up in two years, it will be able to determine the chemical composition of their atmospheres. If there is the presence of free oxygen, it could mean the possibility of life as we know it. I can't wait! I'm presently homeless and I hope there's a better future for you and I. There are better places in the US than the suburbs of Chicago, I'm sure. Good luck.
Even fictional worlds can be enigmatic. But they will tell their stories, albeit at their pace not ours.
I like your rendering style and this 'Earth twin'. Two moons is going to make the ocean tides more complex. I wonder want kind of impact that would have on natural selection there. However, I would expect that the complicated gravitational dance between the three worlds would reduce the frequency of meteor impacts. And may encourage an early start to plate tectonics and continental drift. Evolution might progress at a faster pace.
Perhaps a civilization? There are no immediate signs of rampant technology. No surface lights, no space towers. Yet some elder species leave their birth worlds behind to eventually become a planetary nature preserve at the centre of their great dominions.
This image brings to mind the recent discovery that the star HD186302 (184 light-years away in Pavo) may be a sibling of the Sun. Indeed, a twin. Born from the same stellar nursery, same age, same brightness and made of the same proportion of elements.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Wondered what had become of you..... Good to see you posting again, and with such a wonderful image. I hope all your wishes and dreams come true, Chip.
I have the same dream of someday getting away from the noise and stupidity of big-city living. Probably not as far as Prague, though...