The universe is big and, while we may be able to explore it in depth in the future, we can’t yet see a lot of it up-close. Scientists make inferences about an exoplanet’s finer details from larger observations, using what they know about how space works, but we can never know for sure what that planet is like until we land on it and walk around. That’s where artists come in: They show us what is out there as best as they can, helping us to imagine our greater universe. Here are examples of the most eye-opening work they’ve done for NASA.
Where Ice Meets Water
The surface of the exoplanet Trappist-1f looks like a place where a supervillain would live. This photo actually depicts a place called the “terminator” — no relation to the cyborg…
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