Don Dixon's Astronomical Art Portfolio

September 07 2013

Late 1990s, transitioning to digital art
  • 352-Europa-Probe
    A hydrobot explores the ocean that is believed to exist beneath Europa's icy crust.
  • 354-Stardust-comet-probe
    The Stardust Probe Approaches Comet Wilde 2 - Painting by Don Dixon
  • 358-Campanas-Survey
    Volume of Universe Explored by Campanas Survey - painting by Don Dixon for Scientific American
  • 359-Cosmic-Structure
    Large Scale Structure of Universe - painting by Don Dixon for Scientific American
  • 361-Alien-Antenna
    Alien Radio telescope probes the sky for signs of Intelligent Life - Painting by Don Dixon
  • Protoplanetary Disk
    The Solar Nebula rotates about the newborn sun - digital, 1995, a remarkably prescient depiction of a forming planetary system similar to the protoplanetary…
  • 363-Gamma-Burster
    Neutron Stars Collide to Create a Gamma Ray Burster - Painting by Don Dixon for Sky and Telescope
  • Kuiper Belt
    Diagram showing the inclined orbit of minor planet Pluto with respect to the Kuiper Belt surrounding the solar system. Digital 1999 © Don Dixon /…
  • 368-u-Andromedae
    Extrasolar planets of Upsilon Andromeda - comparison of orbits with our own solar system ; painting by Don Dixon for Scientific American
  • 372-Evolution--of-stars
    Evolution of Galaxies, the Solar System, Stars and the Universe - painting by Don Dixon for Smithsonian Institution
  • 375-Microwave-Probe
    Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) - painting by Don Dixon for Scientific American
  • 379-Gravity-Mind
    A Mind composed of organized black holes in the distant future - painting by Don Dixon for Odyssey Magazine, digital, 1998
  • 380-Life-Cloud-Meteors
    Meteors bring organic chemicals to primitive Earth - painting by Don Dixon for Geo Magazine
  • 383-Sun-anatomy-Cutaway
    Cutaway of the sun, showing core, radiative and convective zones, and corona - painting by Don Dixon for Scientific American
  • 385-Galactic-Atmosphere
    Even the galaxy has a kind of weather, in which fountains of tenous gas arch high above the galactic plain through vents blasted by supernova explosions -…
  • 386-Cosmic-Cycle
    Created in collaboration with Bryan Christie, this diagram illustrates a kind of cosmic ecology. Radiation from bright stars and violently ejected gases from…
  • 387-proto-galaxies
    Protogalaxies form within filamentary clouds of matter in the early universe.
  • 389-Universe-Time-line
    History of the universe in four stages: the Big Bang is marked by the left vertex, followed by a million-year dark age until the first stars form at the…
  • 390-Encke-Gap
    A cluster of icy satellites have been perturbed into a temporary orbit a few thousand miles above the plain of the rings. Tenuous rings follow intertwined paths…
  • 391-Jupiter-Rings-Diagram
    Jupiter is encircled by a diffuse system of very faint rings, best observed when backlit by the sun. - painting by Don Dixon for Scientific American
  • 392-Saturn-Rings-Diagram
    Lord of the RIngs: Saturn's magnificent system of rings extends nearly 200,000 miles from the center of the planet, but only the denser regions are easily…
  • 395-Saturn-Glory
    The sun blazes through the Cassini Division of Saturn's Rings as viewed from 5,000 miles below the C Ring. Ilustration for Scientific American, March, 2002. The…
  • 397-Pluto-Landscape
    Reddish organic compounds may blanket the icy surface of Pluto. Pluto's moon, Charon, Pluto's largest moon,looms in the sky. - painting by Don Dixon for…
  • 398-Trinary-Black-Hole
    A black hole rips apart two companion stars in this private commission. The cores of two red giant stars spiral toward destruction. Sputtering explosions of…
  • 399-White-Dwarf-Collision
    A scene far more common within a globular cluster, where stars swarm like bees and collisions between them are more likely, this digital painting shows the…
  • 400-Yucatan-Impact
    An asteroid 5-10 miles across impacts in the Yucatan to end the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. A fine layer of clay, rich in the element iridium -- more…
  • 356-Primitive-Earth
    356_Primitive_Earth - Comets batter the newborn earth during the Late Heavy Bombardment about 4 billion years ago, bringing water to fill the first seas.…
  • Migration of Neptune 1
    Passing comets perturb the orbit of the planet Neptune during the formation of the solar system. In the distance, a halo of comets swarm about the newborn sun …
  • 357-Mars-Impact
    Asteroid Impact on Mars Ejects Meteorites to Earth - digital, 1997, © Don Dixon
  • Jupiter seen from the Icy Surface of Europa
    Cover painting for the October, 1999 issue of Scientific American for the story "Europa's Ocean." Mixed 3d rendering and photography. I sculpted "icebergs" in…
  • 393-Uranus-Rings-Diagram
    The Rings of Uranus- painting by Don Dixon for Scientific American
  • 394-Neptune-Rings-Diagram
    Neptune's system of dark, tenuous rings is barely visible
  • Formation of the Solar System
    Forming Solar System; comets swarm the newborn sun as planetesimals collide over the young earth, which glows red hot amidst the ring of debris splashed out by…