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Fringe Science & Beyond (4 a day limit)

Far Out Science/ The Strange, the Mystical, The Unexplained & Unexplainable


This challenge closed over 3 years ago.

The Challenge

~ FINAL $20 voucher challenge ~

At the time of this writing, there have been over 500 new planets discovered out beyond our own solar system, circling other stars. That number will only continue to increase.

Last year, using the exoplanets discovered by the Kepler space telescope as a guide, astronomers took a statistical stab at estimating the number of exoplanets that exist in our galaxy. They came up with at least 50 billion alien worlds.

More recently, astronomers from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md., and the PLANET (Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork) collaboration took their own stab at the “galactic exoplanetary estimate” and think there are twice that many — at least 100 billion other worlds, and that’s just within the Milky Way.

There are 200 billion other galaxies – maybe even more – according to some recent estimates. All in all, that represents a LOT of Strange New Worlds!

This challenge is for your predictions and ideas on what sort of planets might exist out there.

Some are documented even now, and you can feature one of those. Or, you can use your imagination as to what a distant planet may be like. They have not yet found the “Holy Grail” (a planet similar to Earth) but predictions are, they will – possibly within the year.

Please note: this is not a Science Fiction challenge! No aliens – no space-battles, please! They may be Out There, but for now we want to concentrate on PLANETS, in and of themselves. What sort of eco-systems might be found? What strange and other-wordly landscapes might we find? What weird conditions might exist on bodies circling another, different star?

You can show the planets (in space) — you can choose planetary landscapes (or seascapes, for water-worlds) – you can show us what exists out there (life-forms, land-forms, plants, etc). Some structures are ok like strange artifacts and ruins but again, this is not a sci-fi challenge; please keep the spaceships and the rest to a minimum! PLANETS, and planetary evolution ought to be the focus.

Also, should you choose an Earth-like world make sure it’s not exactly like the Earth! Otherwise, we’ll think we’re home!

Check this link for facts and some ideas!

All medias accepted ( drawings, paintings, Bryce, Photoshop, etc) but abstracts and fan art are NOT acceptable (work based on sci-fi shows). Also, ARTWORK ONLY, for this challenge! No shirt designs or i-phone covers, please!

Judging / Voting Criteria

Pick your favorite planets! You may vote for more than one. Select your choices based on artistic excellence, creativity, and how well they illustrate the challenge theme.

As always, No Soliciting of Votes. Any member caught padding the ballot box either via Bubblemail, Facebook, or any other venue will have their work removed and also be deleted from the group. It may sound harsh but soliciting for votes is FRAUD, especially when monetary prizes are involved. So play fair! Let the artwork win on merit, not on popularity.

VOTES are IMPORTANT! We have not received a lot of votes in recent challenges. Reminders will be sent if possible, but if you enter PLEASE PARTICIPATE!

Rewards & Prizes

If we have at least 20 entries, and the winning image gets at least 5 votes, winner will receive a $20 voucher from the Bubble! Winning entry will be Featured on our Group Home Page and the winner will receive a banner (complete with all due Bragging Rights).

Ties WILL be recognized. It’s Bubble policy.

Top 10’s will receive a banner too, if we have 20 images or more. Otherwise, we will award the Top 5. (Individual images must have at least 3 votes)

Additional Information

Please be sure your work is in the group before the voting starts!

Submissions not in compliance with the rules of the challenge, or the guidelines of the group, will be removed. If in doubt about our rules, check our features and our group home page.

Hope you’ll have some fun with this. We’re looking forward to a fascinating tour!

Cover Image: The Plasma Seas of Xanthippe Five by Peter Krause


The Top Ten

The Plasma Seas of Xanthippe Five by Peter Krause

The Plasma Seas of Xanthippe Five by Peter Krause was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 5 votes.

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  • Echoes by Avantgarda
  • Exploration Of Space by xzendor7
  • What World? by Norma Jean Lipert
  • Bug City by Matt Bissett-Johnson
  • A Million Moons by Bob Bello
  • Paradise Valley by SpinningAngel
  • Exploding Planet by Packrat

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