Many of these images are available as prints.
Two suns shine over a desert world in this pre-"Star Wars" painting somewhat anticipating Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine (acrylic and gouache on illustration board;1976).
Abstract painting for Astronomy Magazine cover illustrates the Big Bang spawning millions of galaxies which, in turn, bring forth trillions of red dwarf stars (digital;2004).
The Chaotic Formation of Planets
Cover painting for the June, 2008 issue of Scientific American illustrates the chaotic and violent nature of the early solar system (digital; 2008).
Asteroid impacts continually shatter the thin crust of the young Earth; interior piece for Scientific American (digital;2009).
It's drogue chute deployed, the Huygens spacecraft plunges into the the clouds of Titan; interior spread for Scientific American (digital; 2004).
Moonrise:4 Billion BCE
Mountainous tides drawn by a much closer moon erode the newborn continents of the young Earth (acrylic and gouache on illustration board;1979).
Number of the Beast
Cover painting for Robert A. Heinlein novel features a Lowellian Mars, Oz, and some fast and dangerous machines (acrylic and gouache on illustration board;1988).
Arriving at Alpha Centauri
A mile-long starship discards its braking stage above an earthlike world of Alpha Centauri after its 50-year voyage; for Astronomy Magazine(digital; 2012).
Super Earth Exoplanet
An inner planet transits a red dwarf star as viewed from a planet twice Earth's mass orbiting in the "Goldilocks Zone"; cover for Sky and Telescope Magazine (digital;2007).
Beneath the Rings of Saturn
Viewed from the clouds deep within Saturn's atmosphere, the distant sun blazes through the relatively clear region of Saturn's Rings known as the Cassini Division(acrylic and gouache on illustration board;1980).
A black hole is fed by gases streaming from a red dwarf companion star (digital;2007).
The arms of a spiral galaxy sweep through the sky of a distant, cloud-enshrouded planet (acrylic and gouache on illustration board;1994).
Heart of the Quasar
Shredded stars are ejected by the maelstrom of a million solar mass black hole at the core of a distant galaxy (acrylic and gouache on illustration board;1990).
Saturn fills the sky of its icy satellite Mimas (acrylic and gouache on illustration board;1983).
Cover painting for the Isaac Asimov novel about a world whose inhabitants see the stars - from inside a globular cluster - once every thousand years (acrylic and gouache on illustration board;1990).
Comets Bring Water
Icy planetesimals pummel the young Earth, adding water to its growing atmosphere; for Scientific American (acrylic and gouache on illustration board;2000).
Oak Tree and Sun
The golden light of Earth's sun dances through the leaves of an oak tree (acrylic and gouache on illustration board;1979).
Three Billion years in the future, the descendants of Earth life have moved to a warming moon of Saturn as the Andromeda Galaxy and Milky Way collide; cover for Astronomy Magazine(digital;2013).
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere. — Carl Sagan
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