Don Dixon's Astronomical Art Portfolio

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April 14 2004

mostly digital, early 2000s
  • 401-Dark-Matter-Halo
    This diagram created for the March, 2003 issue of Scientific American suggests the immense halo of mysterious dark matter that many astrophysicists believe…
  • 402-Magnetar-B
    Painted for the Feburary, 2003 issue of Scientific American, this digital painting shows the immense burst of magnetic energy and soft gamma radiation that is…
  • 404-Mars-Colony-01
    Astronauts set up a relay antenna near a Mars colony. Digital, 2005
  • 405-Mars-Colony-02
    Astronauts set up a relay antenna near a Mars colony. Version 2. Digital, 2005.
  • 407-Huygens-Titan-02
    The Huygens probe descends on its drogue parachute toward the upper clouds of Titan. Version 2. Digital, for Scientific American, 2004. © 2005 by Don Dixon.
  • 408-Black-Hole-Disk
    Superhot gases pulled from a companion star whirl in the accretion disk surrounding a black hole. High energy jets stream from its poles. Digital, for…
  • 409-Orion-constellation-3D
    The stars delineating the constellation Orion are dispersed across nearly 2,000 light years in this 3D representation. Digital, 2003. © 2005 by Don Dixon.
  • 411-CosmicInflation
    In the theory of cosmic inflation, the universe expands from the size of an atomic nucleus to a baseball in a tiny fraction of a second. Digital, 2005. © 2005…
  • 412-ss433BlackHole
    The strange star SS433 may be a black hole whose accretion disk is highly inclined with respect to its orbit about a companion star. Digital, cover, February…
  • 413-Ancient-Stars
    The most ancient stars in the universe may provide clues to its evolution. This montage, suggesting the formation of stars and galaxies out of the Big Bang, was…
  • 417-Cat-Eye-Nebula-Evolution
    The strange and beautiful shapes of planetary nebulae, like the Cat's Eye, form through complex interactions between stellar winds and magnetic fields.…
  • 418-Cyclotron-Diagram
    In a cyclotron, or toroidal particle collider, such as the LHC in Geneva, streams of protons are accelerated in oppoisite directions by magnetic fields and then…
  • 419-Europa-Cover-03
    A crescent Jupiter is poised on the horizon of its icy moon Europa in this variation of artwork created for the May, 2004 cover of "Astronomy." Digital, 2004. ©…
  • 420-First-Rains-02
    The first rains may have fallen for a thousand years, filling craters on the young earth to form shallow seas. Digital painting, 2004, for Scientific American.…
  • 421-First-Seas-02
    The first seas of the young earth, 4 billion years ago, may have served as wombs for the development of microscopic life forms. Digital painting, 2004, for…
  • 422-Methane-Earth-01
    Earth's original atmosphere may have been rich in methane gas, which formed an orange, smoglike haze. Digital painting for Scientific American, 2004. © 2005 by…
  • 426-Ocean-Of-Night
    A spacecraft approaches a comet that is on a collision course for earth in this cover painting for Gregory Benford's novel "In the Ocean of Night." Digital…
  • 427-Sea-Of-Suns
    An interstellar ramjet leaves orbit above an earthlike planet of Barnard's star in this digital cover painting for the Greg Benford novel "Across the Sea of…
  • 428-Great-Sky-River-Mantis
    The Mantis is a mechanical anthology intelligence who pursues the last survivors of the human race in Greg Benford's Galactic Center series of novels. This was…
  • 429-Furious-Gulf
    A starship approaches perilously close to the black hole at the Milky Way's core in this digital cover painting for "Furious Gulf" by Greg Benford. 2004 for…
  • 429-Tides-Of-Light
    An astronaut plunges along the local gravity field generated by a cosmic string that an alien race is using to mine a planet's core. Digital cover painting for…
  • 431-HST-ultra-Deep-Field
    Diagram showing the very small part of the sky that was surveyed in the Hubble Space Telescope's Ultra Deep Field project. Digital diagram © Popular Mechanics,…
  • 432-Cosmic-Dark-Age
    Although the early universe was immensely hot, it was dark, because photons were not able to travel through the highly-ionized gas. In this diagram of cosmic…
  • 433-Hypernova
    Gamma rays burst from either pole of a shattered star undergoing a hypernova explosion. © Don Dixon, 2005.
  • 434-Lonely-Universe
    The universe becomes very lonely as dark energy pushes most of it beyond our horizon. Diagram for Scientific American, 2004. © 2005 by Don Dixon.
  • 435 Ancient Globular Cluster and asteroid
    Strange clusters that seem to be a cross between open and globular clusters harbor stars that may provide clues to the evolution of the early universe. Cover…
  • 437-Asteroid-Collision
    A large asteroid is struck by a smaller one. Since both bodies are porous, most of the energy is absorbed as heat, rather than dispersed with ejecta, thus…
  • 438-New-Orleans-Flood
    Future fishermen ply their trade amidst the flooded ruins of New Orleans after the icecaps melt. Acrylic and gouache, 1983. © 2005 by Don Dixon.
  • 441-Deflecting-A-Comet
    A high-powered laser in earth orbit blasts surface material from an approaching comet nucleus in an effort to deflect it. Pre-production art for NBC miniseries…
  • 442-Cool-Early-Earth
    A shield volcano adds to the atmosphere of the young earth, as a much-closer moon rises over an ocean in which life does not yet stir ; digital, 2006
  • 443-gravity-wave
    According to Einstein, collapsing stars should send waves of gravity rippling through space and time. Digital painting © 2007 Don Dixon/cosmographica.com
  • 444-hot-jupiter
    Many of the extrasolar planets that have been discovered are several times bigger than jupiter and orbit so near their parent stars that solar wind would blow…
  • 445-clouds-of-jupiter
    The horizon is nearly 1,000 miles away in this rendition of the upper clouds of Jupiter. A deck of ammonium hydrosulfide clouds stretches below. Digital…
  • 446-saturn-from-mimas
    Saturn looms fixed in the sky of Mimas, whose surface is littered with battered ice. Commisioned by Griffith Observatory for an exhibit. Digital painting © 2007…
  • 447-uranus-from-miranda
    Strange rift valleys mark the surface of this strange moon that has apparently been repeatedly disrupted and reassembled ; digital, 2006
  • 448-neptune-from-triton
    Plumes of dust entrained in geysers of nitrogen rise high above the surface of Neptune's moon Triton. Commisioned by Griffith Observatory for an exhibit.…
  • Inside the Jet of a Galactic Black Hole
    Gazing into the "throat" of a galactic jet. A huge black hole at the center of the galaxy rips stars apart. Churning magnetic fields and acoustic waves ripple…