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Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is on your mind. I am a space buff. I discovered science fiction when I was eight years old. I have been convinced since then that we are not alone.

The Kepler telescope is being used to try and find planets around other stars hopefully in the habitable zone. That would be the zone that would be able to have water and not be too hot or too cold so that life could exist in that place. It is the holy grail of exoplanet research. The European Space Agency will be launching the Gaia Mission this year with this as its goal “ To create the largest and most precise three dimensional chart of our Galaxy by providing unprecedented positional and radial velocity measurements for about one billion stars in our Galaxy and throughout the Local Group.”

I follow the travels of Curiosity on Mars. I really hope it finds evidence of life on Mars. The other place in the solar system that might harbor life is Jupiter’s moon Europa. Again it is the European Space Agency that is planning on exploring Jupiter’s moon with a launch scheduled to arrive in 2030.

As an artist I frequently do landscapes with planets in the sky. I love gas planets and especially those with rings. Here is some of my artwork under alien skies.

Because the Night
 Because the Night photo BecausetheNight2_zps88420153.jpg

Crimson Skies
 Crimson Skies photo CrimsonSkies-5_zps00ae516b.jpg

Damage Control
 Damage Control photo DamageControl-4_zpsc9ee7f1c.jpg

Dolphin Moon
 Dolphin Moon photo DolphinMoon2_zps597d2ba9.jpg

Europa
 Europa photo Europa2_zps97d4ba45.jpg

Freedom
 Freedom photo Freedom2_zpsd4ea662c.jpg

Morning Has Broken
 Morning Has Broken photo MorningHasBroken-6_zps0f9dc38b.jpg

Other Worlds
 Other Worlds photo OtherWorlds2_zpsbf914ede.jpg

Planet Fall
 Planet Fall photo PlanetFall2-2_zpsa2249d43.jpg

Rose
 Rose photo Rose-2_zps32fe35be.jpg

Sunrise Falls
 Sunrise Falls photo SunriseFalls-2_zps0b84569a.jpg

Taking Baby for a Walk
 Taking Baby for a Walk photo TakingBabyforaWalk_zps4f915ace.jpg

The Gift
 The Gift photo TheGift2_zps8400998c.jpg

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