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Painting Gallery -- Planets and Moons

Painting Gallery: Planets and Moons

369 - Rendezvous at Last
369 -- Rendezvous at Last. This painting was made before the first Shuttle-Mir mission, as it began to be clear that the Russians and Americans might cooperate on their space programs. The capabilities of the two program dovetail amazingly, with Americans having the Shuttle and miniaturized electronics, and the Russians having a space station and large booster rockets. In this view the two vehicles are over Arizona, and we are looking toward Los Angeles (smog patch) and the Baja California coast. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

459 - Earthlight on the Moon214 - Solar eclipse seen from a research station on the moon
459 -- Earthlight on the Moon. We are standing on a crater floor, and the sun is rising behind us, illuminating the distant crater wall. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).214 -- Solar eclipse seen from a research station on the moon. During such an eclipse, the Earth has passed in front of the sun. The moon is bathed in a coppery glow caused by light passing through Earth's atmosphere (similar to the red coloration we see at sunset for the same reason). From the night side of Earth, the a lunar eclipse would be visible. The rectangular panels are solar arrays that could help power the lunar station. This station is located among the fault-rings of the Orientale basin, on the east limb of the moon, and is investigating the giant impacts that caused such 1000-km-scale basins early lunar history. By dating hundreds of smaller impact craters in the vicinity, the station would also investigate whether impacts happen at random or whether the Earth-moon system is hit periodically by showers of impactors, as some have suggested. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).
266- Noon on the Moon430 - Mimas Dawn
266 -- Noon on the Moon. Painters often use the stark black lunar shadows under low-sun conditions, to dramatize the desolation of the lunar surface. Here, I decided it would be interesting to paint a lunar scene under high, noon-time lighting. The primary tonalities are not shadows, but the subtle tonal variations of the surface soils, including the bright impact crater in the foreground. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).430 -- Mimas Dawn. In this view I had no specific phenomenon in mind as a subject, but rather enjoyed the freedom of working with subtle colors on the heavily cratered, ice landscape of Saturn's small moon, Mimas. From Mimas, Saturn subtends an angular diameter of 38 degrees and fills much of the sky. In this view, I imagined it as a looming presence, mostly below the horizon. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).
327 - Ice Plains of Enceladus345 - Impact on the Night Side of Saturn's Satellite, Rhea.
327 -- Ice Plains of Enceladus. Saturn's moon, Enceladus, has broad regions freshly resurfaced with ice, with few impact craters, and this shows such an area.. This picture has an interesting history, having been painted in the Crimean peninsula of the former USSR during a workshop between the USSR Union of Artists and the International Association for the Astronomical Arts. Our group was housed in a hotel looking out over a bay of the Black Sea, with two small islands. I painted that scene, but modified it into an view of ice fields with Saturn looming behind the mountains. Saturn subtends 29 degrees when seen from Enceladus. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).345 -- Impact on the Night Side of Saturn's Satellite, Rhea.. The view shows Saturn setting beyond the limb of the icy moon, Rhea. The flash of an impact briefly illuminates the night side. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).
373 - The Smoking Vents of Triton196 - "Dynamical Ephemeral Bodies" in the rings of Saturn
373 -- The Smoking Vents of Triton. The Voyager spacecraft, as it passed Neptune's satellite, Triton, surprised scientists by photographing smoking vents, where columns of smoke rose many kilometers and then was sheared off by high altitude winds in the very thin atmosphere (much thinner than Mars' atmosphere). The nature of the vents is unknown, although they may be something like geysers; they imply heat sources in the interior of the icy moon. (Joint painting by William K. Hartmann and Ron Miller, for our book, The Grand Tour).196 -- "Dynamical Ephemeral Bodies" in the rings of Saturn. Studies at PSI in the 1970s showed that ring particles might aggregate into larger bodies, but these would be temporary, eventually sheared apart again by dynamical forces in the rings. Such bodies may even explain some small moonlets that seemed to show in some images of Saturn but not in others. From this position, Saturn fills most of the image in the background. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

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