The Kepler Art of Discovery contest is now open

Kepler Art of Discovery logo

Stretch your mind—be creative! You are invited to make a work of art with a Kepler exoplanet discovery theme and submit it to the "Art of Discovery" competition. The theme can be anything related to the Kepler Mission itself: exoplanets and their host stars, what the Kepler Space Telescope might look like in space, what the surface of one of the exoplanets may be like, and what we might find on exoplanets. The best artwork, selected by both participants and expert judges, will be displayed as the Top 100 in the Gallery of the Art of Discovery website.

The Kepler Space Telescope, launched March 6, 2009, celebrated it's 5-year anniversary in March 2014. Beyond the recent discovery of an Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a distant star (Kepler-186f) and discovering hundreds of other planets, Kepler has raised world-wide awareness of the search for exoplanets.

As part of the 5-year anniversary celebration, Kepler launched an art competition: The Kepler Art of Discovery. The contest is open to anyone in the U.S. ages 13 and up. There are  four entry categories: Ages 13-15; Ages 16 and 17; Adult non-professional artist; Adult professional artist.

Registration deadline is June 2nd, 2014; and artwork submission deadline is June 9th, 2014.

For more information, visit the Kepler Art of Discovery website:

Kepler-10bImage credit: Gabriel Alvarado-Marín (SETI Institute)