Thursday, April 26, 2007

Red Dwarf Landscape

I was searching to find if anyone has yet done an impression of what the surface of the newly discovered exoplanet Gliese 581c might look like with its red dwarf sun. I didn't find that exactly, but I discovered a really cool collection of planetary landscapes created by Jeff Bryant using Vistapro software. The one shown here (with Jeff's permission) is titled "Red Dwarf" and it was done (apparently) before this week's announcement. I'm sure someone will use the estimated dimensions of the Gliese system to do a more specific surface-viewpoint rendering sometime soon, but I like this one a lot.

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