The contest is now closed.

A big thanks to all who participated. The list of winners can now be seen by going to the Winners page on the menu bar.

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Welcome to the Art of Discovery contest: Kepler's Exoplanets & Mission

Are you a space artist? An astronomer? Or a student interested in astronomy and our fascinating galaxy? You are cordially invited to create art that illustrates what the hundreds of newly discovered exoplanets (planets outside our solar system)might look like. Or your might create an image that captures other aspects of the Kepler Mission, such as how the spacecraft looks from the Earth as it orbits the Sun and captures the light emitted by these other stars. Middle school students through adults are invited to submit images of these other Kepler worlds. Art of Discovery aims to bring people's creative ideas to this question: What do the exoplanets look like that the Kepler Mission has discovered? And what other subjects has the Kepler Mission inspired artistically? (For information about the Kepler Mission, see the Kepler website. All submitted images of artwork will be acknowledged, and The Top 100 will be displayed in the Gallery of the Art of Discovery website. These will be selected by a combination of the number of popular votes AND scores from a distinguished panel of judges.

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Key Dates & Deadlines

Contest dates have been extended!

March 10–June 2, 2014 Registration period for the Art of Discovery art contest.
11:59 pm (PDT) June 2, 2014 REGISTRATION DEADLINE. (Note: No one will be permitted to register after this date.)
March 17–June 9, 2014 Artwork created; artwork images submitted to Art of Discovery and acknowledged.
11:59 pm (PDT) June 9, 2014 DEADLINE for submissions of artwork images. (Note: Artwork will
not be accepted after this date.)
June 16–20, 2014 Voting period for Art of Discovery artwork images.
11:59 pm (PDT) June 20, 2014 CLOSING DATE for popular voting
June 25–27, 2014 Judging by a distinguished Art of Discovery panel of scientists, engineers and artists.
July 2, 2014 Formal announcement and posting of The Top 100 on the Art of Discovery website and in other news, educational, and NASA-related media.


I'm interested. How do I participate?

If you are interested in participating, please click on the Registration button at the top of this page. You must be at least 13 years old to participate. Please note that if you are younger than 18 years old or legally considered a minor, there is a form that needs to be signed by your parent or legal guardian. No teachers or other adults may legally register for you.
When you are ready to submit the image(s) of your artwork, please go to Submit Artwork to upload your image(s). A Kepler Mission Certificate of Participation will be emailed to you as a thank you.
Everyone who is 13 or older and interested in the Kepler Mission and its exoplanets is invited to participate. Good luck!


Please see the FAQs section. For other questions or more information, please contact us kepler-planets [at] seti [dot] org (here).

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