Aurora Planet

View from an extrasolar planet orbiting a flare star
Aurora Planet (1998)
This is the view from a planet in a close orbit around a magnetic flare star. These stars have such gigantic episodes of magnetic activity that they must have huge starspots, some of which have actually been imaged. Life on a nearby planet would be impossible. The atmosphere is almost entirely gone, stripped away. But there is still a residual exosphere, making this an ideal spot to go aurora-spotting – if you have a decent space suit.
      This was one of my very first digital paintings, created – before I invested in a Wacom tablet – entirely with a mouse in Photoshop!
More Stars & Nebulae

Name: Protogalaxy

Category: Galaxies, Latest

Medium: Photoshop

Date: 2020

Client: Private Commission


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