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CestiaLiths by AstroBoy1 CestiaLiths by AstroBoy1
"CelestiaLiths"
Copyright 2012 Michael C. Turner
Galactic Visions Space Art

The Cosmos is so immense that one could just as well consider it as infinite. The known "universe" is assuredly only a minute speck relative to the true size and nature of the actual Cosmos. Earth based intellects have examined and explored only a microscopic portion of the Cosmos and now realize that even the closest stellar systems within the home galaxy harbor extrasolar worlds, some which are assuredly Earth-like. “Super-Earths” several times the size of Earth are known to exist. Such colossal terrestrial planets would assuredly be magnificent. Exotic stellar systems with such super-worlds stimulate the mind and fuel the imagination. Imagine the vistas within such a system. Advanced extra-solar civilizations would likely create new worlds by terraforming on a grand scale, perhaps even creating new companion worlds with rings composed of modified asteroids or planetoids.
In this painting I have visualized the aforementioned scenario. The primary planet depicted is a “SuperEarth” within a multiple stellar system which emerged from the womb of an exotic cluster of novae. An artificially engineered ringed planetoid has been created and closely orbits the primary planet. The colossal asteroids in the foreground have been modified to function as natural spaceships and conceal the advanced miniature worlds within. These CelestiaLiths, appearing natural, are actually the artifacts of an extremely advanced civilization. They travel within and beyond the stellar system and can function independently or collectively as in the myriad ones composing the engineered ringed planetoid. Imagine what knowledge such an advanced extrasolar civilization would have to enable them to engineer such fantastical artifacts which masquerade as natural artifacts of the Cosmos . . .
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R-tistiC Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
Such a great insight in the description and fantastic work as always. The way you've placed some of the elements in the middle though, I thought at first it was a sword with a transparent blade skewering one of the asteroids. i don't know if that was intentional or not. Other than that though, still very cool. ^_^
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Greetings,

Thank you for your comments. Yes, the ringed moon was intentionally placed for the most effective visual effect.

Best regards,
Michael C. Turner
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Hameed Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Excellent work as always, so full of imagination!
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Greetings My friend,

I always appreciate your kind comments on my spacescapes and thank you for including "CelestiaLiths" in your favourites.

My best,
Michael C. Turner
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RizarLogic Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Asteroid ships! That is one way to control potential impact dangers, and probably one of the greatest questions is whether an advanced civilization could master their own "demons" within to maintain progress over the years. It almost seems like it is impossible for us, as if we sometimes stop and go backwards enough to increase the chances of early or eventual extinction.

I especially love the space background to this. Your overall style was instantly noticeable! Now I will be skeptical of all those orbiting asteroids, and whether they may be secretly observing us. I wonder whether they would think we have a chance as a species?
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Greetings,

I appreciate your positive comments. Your philosophical reasoning is well taken. Indeed, any civilization capable of accomplishing such wondrous feats, would have to first conquer their own dark natures . . .

Best regards,

Michael C. Turner
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