Don Dixon's Astronomical Art Portfolio

Astronomy and Technology
September 06 - November 01 2013

  • Zero Gee Factory
    Greenhouses provide air and food for a small staff who oversee a factory in high earth orbit. Painting illustrated an article by Isaac Asimov in the "AARP"…
  • Galactic Core
    The sky of a planet near the core of the Milky Way glows with the light of billions of stars. acrylic and gouache on illustration board; 17.25x12.5 inches,…
  • 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…
  • Red Giant Sun
    Red Giant Sun; 3 billion years from now, the sun will swell to perhaps 50 times its current size. In this view from the dessicated Earth, the more distant moon…
  • Lunar Vapors
    Lunar Vapors; Tides pulled by the much closer newborn Moon send mountainous waves crashing against the first continents on the earth 4 billion years ago;…
  • magellan_probe_over_venus
    Magellan Space Probe over Venus; diagram illustrating how the radar-mapping probe peered through Venus' clouds to image the surface, painted for Orange County…
  • Apollo 11
    Apollo 11 commemorates the first moon landing on July 20, 1969; acrylic and gouache on Lintex illustration board, 20.5x20.5 inches, 1993; © Don Dixon; $4,200…
  • Algol
    The companion stars that form the binary Algol orbit within a complex stream of interchanged gas. Oil on masonite, 18x24 inches, 1974. artwork © 2007 Don…
  • approaching_jupiter
    Approaching Jupiter ; included in the first Spacescapes series, this early piece shows Jupiter and its moons through a spacecraft viewport, 1972; 24 x 36…
  • cassini_division_study
    Cassini Division Study; haloes shine above the clouds of Saturn in this study of the sun shining through the Cassini Division of Saturn's RIngs; 25 x19 inches,…
  • Orbiting Callisto: The Early Asimov, Book 2
    a nuclear-powered spacecraft orbits Jupiter's moon Callisto in this cover painting for The Early Asimov, Book 2; acrylic and gouache on illustration board,…
  • Lifeburst
    Lifeburst; cover painting for the novel by Jack Williamson, features a dense ring of satellites over the future earth; acrylic and gouache on illustration…
  • Moonring
    Moonring; The newborn moon orbits in a ring of debris above the molten earth 4 billion years ago; acrylic and gouache on illustration board, 18.5x13.5 inches,…
  • Project Cyclops
    Project Cyclops; a mesh antenna a mile across orbits far above the earth, which eclipses the sun in the distance. A radio shield hovers in the middle distance,…
  • Quasar
    Quasar; a black hole at the core of a distant galaxy blazes with energy as it compresses stars caught in its gravitational maelstrom; acrylic and gouache on…
  • Viking One Lands on Mars
    Viking 1, the first robotic probe to land successfully on the Red Planet, touches down on the dusty surface of Mars on July 20, 1976; Created for Hamilton…
  • earth_moon_study_1968
    Earth and Moon Study; a very early Don Dixon painting showing Earth and Moon floating in space; oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, 1968; copyright Don Dixon ;…
  • exploring_ganymede
    Exploring Ganymede ; an early Don Dixon painting showing astronauts exploring one of Jupiter's moons; 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, 1972; copyright Don Dixon ;…
  • exploring_the_rings
    Exploring the RIngs; astronauts float amidst the myriad orbiting icy satellites comprising Saturn's Rings; acrylic and gouache on illustration board, 7 x 11…
  • greek_ruins
    Democritus Atomic Theory; symbolic panorama showing Greek ruins and the atoms within a leaf, painted to illustrate an article by Isaac Asimov in the AARP…
  • halley_encounter
    Halley Encounter ; one of Dixon's early Spacescapes offerings depicts Comet Halley near Earth, 1972; 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas panel; copyright Don Dixon;…
  • in_the_shadow_of_icarus
    In the Shadow of Icarus; an early painting by Don Dixon showing a crewed spacecraft sheltering in the shadow of the sun-diving asteroid Icarus as a tethered…
  • planetenteleskop
    German Planetenteleskop; concept painting for an ESA project of the late 1980s, a space telescope orbits high above Earth; 13.75 x 9.5 inches (matted to 20 x 16…
  • skylab_commemorative_hamilton
    Skylab Commemorative ; An astronaut make emergency repairs on America's first space station in this montage commissioned for the Hamilton Collection's…
  • thousand_league_boots_hamilton
    Thousand League Boots, First Flight of the MMU ; astronaut Bruce McCandless flies high above earth in the first test of the Manned Maneuvering Unit in this…
  • valles_kasei_mars
    Valles Kasei, Mars ; Martian landscape inspired by a gulley in Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, 1983; 20 x 15 inches, acrylic and gouache on illustration board;…