Gorgeous planet art

By Phil Plait | August 15, 2011 10:25 am

I’m always comparing astronomy to art, and sometimes that’s literally true, like when artist David Fuhrer creates amazing near-3D images of the planets:

That’s very cool, and even niftier, they’re to scale! The colors aren’t real — the image of Venus (next to Earth) he used is from radar mapping of the planet from the Magellan spacecraft, and Mercury (second from left) is actually a relatively uniform grey — but this really gives you a sense of the innermost terrestrial planets (and one bonus Moon — ours, all the way on the left in that image).

I also really like his depiction of Saturn. It makes me wish this were a real objet d’art; I’d love one for my living room.

You should also check out this family portrait of all the planets together — man, Jupiter and Saturn are way bigger even than Uranus and Neptune!

These images were created for a TV documentary, and I’ve filed David’s name away if I ever need it for something like this. He has other cool images, too. Digital imagery is really amazing, and I wonder how many people have been introduced to art — both the creation and appreciation of it — due to its advent?

Images used by permission of David Fuhrer. Tip o’ the electron to srahhh on Twitter.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures
MORE ABOUT: Art, David Fuhrer, planets
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