All these worlds...

Started by raymoh, February 03, 2019, 03:07:50 am

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Under this thread I want to introduce some of my (newer and older) astronomical art renders, made with Terragen 3 and 4.
One the one hand, the depicted landscapes and sceneries are purely fictional, but on the other hand I try to be as realistic as possible and integrating the known facts of exoplanets in my renders (so for example the apparent diameters of planets and suns, light conditions on the surface, colors and atmospheric conditions...).
Because I have an affinity to astronomy and astrophysics , some descriptions will be a little ,,scientific".


Let's imagine the antipodes of the Solar System:  A place in space, about 60'000 lightyears away from here, behind the center of the milky way galaxy.
The inhabitable moon of an entirely water-covered Super-Earth orbiting a young Class A main sequence star, part of a triple system with two red dwarfs, visible over the horizon.


This is the surface of the above mentioned Ocean Planet. The ocean of this planet covers the entire surface; no continents, no isles.
It reaches down several hundred kilometers (or miles, if you wish) with an immense pressure at the bottom, creating exotic materials like "Ice VII". It's not clear if such a planet is habitable (for humans) or not, despite the water. Because the planet is a Super-Earth (bigger and more massive than earth) the atmosphere also is very dense and under heavy pressure.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


The Ocean Planet in very impressive, great work on the water.

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Yeah! Great work, especially the ocean.



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Always a fan of sci-fi (or sci-probability) images - you are off to a great start!
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Thanks to all of you for your comments.
Other renders will follow.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


Another render of my "archive":

A panoramic view of an upcoming thunderstorm on a habitable exomoon.
This earth-like moon orbits a Jupiter-like host planet somewhere in the universe. The gas giant itself revolves in the habitable zone around a sun-like main sequence star. So to say a ,,warm" Jupiter.
Billions of years ago, the gas giant formed in the outer regions of this system, then moved in by gravitational perturbances to its present position, stable for the next couple of billions of years. This movement devastates and changed the whole system, by ejecting planets in the interstellar space or in the sun itself.
I am supposing a geologically very active moon with a ,,heavy climate", because the near gas giant is affecting its moon with his gravitation much more than our moon is affecting the earth.
Big tides not only in the water but also in the atmosphere, so severe climatic events are common, but life is very adaptable.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Jo Kariboo


March 12, 2019, 11:23:56 am #10 Last Edit: March 12, 2019, 11:25:45 am by raymoh
My newest render: An early and frosty morning on Mars on an ancient landslide, and I mean a really ,,frosty" morning, about -90° Celsius. At night the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has frozen and, with the rising sun it will sublimate soon.


It was a little tricky to create the half buried fake stones, partly covered with dust.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


Nice images. I like especially the second one.


A new render of my "Red Worlds"-series:


An imaginary view of the surface of Barnard's Star b, the nearest exoplanet orbiting a single star.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


Nice. Perfect for a Riddick movie.
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June 07, 2019, 02:30:13 pm #14 Last Edit: June 07, 2019, 02:43:06 pm by raymoh
A suborbital flight over an habitable exomoon orbiting a gas giant:


Only Terragen 4 and a minor color correction
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.