NASA Looks For Anime Inspired Solar Art

Sorry, it has to be original, so no Precure Sunny pics

NASA's Sun-Earth Days program wants to see your best original anime inspired super hero artwork. Tag your illustration with #SolarMaxAnime to enter the Sun-Earth Days 'SolarMAX ANIME' Contest, and you could be featured on the NASA Sun-Earth Day website and upcoming webcast on March 22, 2013.



SolarMAX is the official superhero mascot for SUN-EARTH DAYS! Keeping an eye on space weather is quite a large job for one super hero so he needs your help. Your job is to create and submit a new and original anime style character with a visible space weather related super power. Our job is to help SolarMAX by selecting the top 5 submissions to be added to the Sun-Earth Days Superhero team! 

The first winning selections will appear on the LIVE Sun-Earth Days webcast on March 22, 2013. Your character will also appear as part of a new Sun-Earth Days desktop wallpaper! See the contest directions below to get started! Good luck!

The submission period is from 2/18/13 - 3/20/13. Winning photos will be selected by a group of NASA scientists and outreach personnel.

•Create your anime superhero.

•Scan or take a pic of your character.

•Upload your pic to Instagram ( ) or to this Flickr Group, "Solar Max: Storm Warning". ( )

•Tag your Instagram photos with #SolarMaxAnime to enter the Sun-Earth Days 'SolarMAX Anime Contest'.

•Images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format in as high a resolution as possible.

•Please provide as much metadata with the image as you are comfortable providing:

Your name
The name of your character with a 1-2 sentence description of your character's super hero power(s). (Your super power(s) must be related to some aspect of space weather (i.e. solar flares, solar storms, magnetism, magnetic fields, sunspots, solar wind, the solar cycle, aurora, etc.)
Your affiliation (e.g. school, community group, etc...).
Any other interesting details about your artwork.

•All photos must be your original property.
•No inappropriate content.
•Your photos must comply with the Flickr Terms of service (
•All entrants must be 13 years old or older.
•If your photo is selected as a winner you will be required to email us a high resolution non-watermarked version of the photo, and sign and submit a NASA image release form to provide us with the rights to republish your photo. This includes granting NASA a royalty-free, irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, distribute, perform, display, modify, create derivative works of the submission, or otherwise use the work for Federal purposes, and authorize others to do so.
•By submitting an entry to this contest you are agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined in this document, and breaking any of these terms and conditions will result in immediate disqualification from the contest.

Visit the Sun-Earth Days website for more details and official

Sun-Earth Day is comprised of a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year culminating with a celebration on or near the Spring Equinox. Each year we wrap a fresh new thematic approach around Sun-Earth science while highlighting Heliophysics scientists, their missions, and research. This year's theme is ‘Solar Max – Storm Warning!’ We will prepare you explore the violent nature of our Sun at the peak of solar activity and share discoveries that come from NASA’s heliophysics missions during this exciting period. 


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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