©2008/2009 Michael C. Turner Galactic Visions Space Art
Acrylic on Stretched canvas 36" X 48" using traditional bristle brush techniques.
This is a view from the shores of an extra-solar planet orbiting a binary star system. The closer, larger, primary star is a yellow-orange giant star which is emitting colossal amounts of ionized gases. The second star in this dynamic stellar duo is actually a pulsar. A pulsar is a very highly magnetized and rapidly rotating neutron star, emitting an intense beam of electromagnetic radiation. Astronomers have determined that some binary star systems have a neutron star/pulsar and that planetary size masses of matter likely orbit them. What type of worlds orbit such bizarre stellar entities? Perhaps they are gas giants or solid/terrestrial planetary masses. I have depicted this conceptual piece with a terrestrial (Earth-like) planet with at least some type of liquid ocean. Based upon current data, a liquid water ocean would be unlikely although water isn’t an exclusive liquid. Even in our stellar system, there are moons with liquid gas lakes. It is romantic to think that such worlds might have liquid water oceans even if currently accepted scientific thinking excludes the same.
May All Your Visions Be Galactic Visions ~ Michael C. Turner