The Planetary Report challenged astronomical artists to submit artwork on the theme “ice giants.” Illustrator and author Ron Miller submitted this work inspired by the discovery of exoplanet OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, a world 13,000 light years away that has mass and orbit similar to Earth. This Earth-like planet orbits a very faint star, however, so it is likely ice-covered.
Miller placed a hypothetical Earth-sized ice world in orbit around a gas giant. He writes: “Covered with glaciers as deep as Greenland’s ice cap, the landscape is one of vast, canyon-sized cracks and fissures. With its sun only a distant, tiny star much smaller and dimmer than Earth’s, its future explorers would have to contend with temperatures falling below –200 degrees Celsius (–400 degrees Fahrenheit).”