054. Earth 2.0

I know this is an artist blog, but I just can't help bring this up!!

Unless you live under a rock, you've heard about NASA's recent discovery regarding their findings in the TRAPPIST-1 system.

They discovered seven Earth-sized planets, three of which are in the habitable zone.

It's totally OK to geek out about this. This is history making news...this is a major discovery that humans have dreamed of but never found.

Check out NASA's article here.

Shuttle Launch, Watercolor on cold press paper, 2016

Hope of discoveries like this have fueled the imaginations of artists and writers for years, and many of us have always believed/hoped/known there are other habitable planets out there.

Many of our favorite Sci-Fi movies are based on the premise that there is life in other galaxies. It's one of the coolest and spookiest ideas. We are naturally drawn to it with a primal curiosity.

Beyond Dreams, Acrylic on canvas 2016

I've been looking through some of the artist renderings of the TRAPPIST-1 planets and it's fascinating!  Who knows how this will shape our future.
It's not like we can quickly fly over to this new solar system though. With our current technology they estimate it would take over 400,000 years to get there. 
However, just the fact that we are developing technology powerful enough to detect these systems is promising. 

I'm excited to see how far technology develops in my lifetime!