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Biofluorescent Life – Vintage Travel Poster

17 Aug 2019, 12:54 UTC
Biofluorescent Life – Vintage Travel Poster

An amazing artists impression on how a biofluorescent biosphere on an exoplanet could look like – to future space travelers… based on recent research at the Carl Sagan Institute by J. O”Malley-James and L. Kaltenegger: “Biofluorescent Worlds II: Biological Fluorescence Induced by Stellar UV Flares, a New Temporal Biosignature” published Aug. 13 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Inspired by NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program posters, Brand Communications, in collaboration with the Cornell Chronicle, created this exoplanet travel poster. Fueled by Lisa Kaltenegger’s description of a planet that could support biofluorescent “glowing” life forms, the team set out to create a glimpse of what it might look like. Would a visit to this planet be like an all night disco? Would it feel as if you were seeing the glow of the Aurora Borealis in the sea?

Our biofluorescent planet on the travel poster started with a photo of a soap bubble. With photoshop filters we altered the colorful swirls. Then we set our newly imagined world on the dark background of a star-studded galaxy, and added the green biofluorescent glow, imagining it was just hit by a ultraviolet flare and the biosphere had just lit up in response to the bombardment. The flaring red star was can be seen on its sky.

Imagining a future space traveler visiting this astonishing world to glimpse the glowing oceans below, we added the space traveler enclosed in a sheltering travel-bubble. Maybe we should have added a camera, the images above the oceans glowing with life, should be breathtaking from there .”

Image Credit: Wendy Kenigsberg/Matt Fondeur/Cornell University

Team: Wendy Kenigsberg/Matt Fondeur/Clive Howard/Blaine Friedlander/ Lisa Kaltenegger/Cornell University

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