Monday, May 10, 2010

Centaurian Planet

More space art! This was quite a nice picture, too, but my photograph of it just wasn't that good and no amount of Photoshoppage can make it look right. The title, "Centaurian Planet" does not refer to the "Centauri" of "Babylon 5" but to the star system of Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our own. This group of stars has two sunlike members and one smaller, bright red star called "Proxima" Centauri. This is the red star you see in the sky here, while the exoplanet and its moon are illuminated by the other, brighter stars. There is no technological life on this planet, as the dark side is unadorned by bright artificially lighted urban areas.

"Centaurian Planet" is acrylic on illustration board, 11" x 14" , January 1991.


Mike said...

I like this one. :)

Tristan Alexander said...

Ohhhh! This is nice! Why is it no good enough quality for prints? It looks great here!