Illustration by patriciasantos
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MattConley (Community Director) / Featured Comment:
Really cool illustration for “Timothy Dark.” Looking forward to seeing more backgrounds, props, and character designs for this collab!
Artist of the Week: John Berkey
The Universe Team has recently been granted permission to share the work of one of our favourite artists: John Berkey.
John is perhaps best known for his work on the original poster art for the Star Wars trilogy. “Berkey’s imagination and expressionistic style quickly set him apart from other sci-fi illustrators. From a distance, his paintings appear very exacting and perfectly rendered. But upon closer inspection, they reveal a beautifully loose and freely abstract style”, commented Rusty Freeman, the Vice-president of Collections and Public Programs at the Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota.
See a list of John’s works here. John’s estate now manages an online gallery. Images are available for licensing (Ride Snowboards licenses John Berkey prints for their Timeless Series of snowboards) and purchase.
Image Credit and Copyright (reproduced with permission): “Oval Ship with red” John Berkey Art Ltd.
A little Cheetah who was rejected by his inexperienced mom is being cared for by keepers at Wildlife Safari in Oregon.
Learn more at Zooborns.
"Bless you, evolution."
"Thanks. Ugh, I wish I could get over this miserable cold."
"Yeah, it sounds bad. Maybe you should just take the day off, huh?"
"I don’t know if I can."
"What do you mean? Of course you can."
"I already took a lot of sick days last ice age. I don’t want to look lazy. Ahh-choooo!”
"Better to rest than do a shoddy job because you’re sick, though, right?"
"It’s okay, I can manage. Besides, I think the cold medicine is starting to kick in. See, I already made this bobtail squid.”
"It’s good, right?"
"I definitely think the medicine is helping."
Photo courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.
THE LONELY PLANET
Poor Neptune doesn’t get a lot of visitors. To date, Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to visit this distant planet, and the data it gathered inspired this composite image created by Rolf Wahl Olsen.
Backlit by the Sun, some of Neptune’s interesting features are highlighted. Its moon, Triton, is visible close by on the right, as well as its very faint ring system, which was discovered during Voyager’s flyby. A dark band of clouds is visible as a spot right at the pole, with a vortex circling around it.
Due to the dearth of high-resolution images of the Neptunian system, Olsen scoured the freely available data from NASA’s Planetary Data System in order to stitch this lovely image together. By modelling the density based on available data, Olsen was able to fill in gaps where the ring system was too faint to be seen. He also worked out the corresponding position of the background stars and added a view of Triton from Voyager’s passage 3 days after the flyby. By carefully considering his calculations, Olsen was able to create this lovely image that gives us a glimpse of what this mysterious outer planet may have looked like through a slightly different lens.