Pluto’s Sputnik Planum

Hello,

This is a painting of the Planet, or currently known as Dwarf planet Pluto.

The painting is of Pluto’s Sputnik Planum. An area lay in the center of Pluto’s predominant feature the heart.

Pluto’s Sputnik Planum. The view is from an orbit or a flyby distance.

The artwork depicts the view from orbit of the dwarf planet Pluto and it moons Charon.

You can also see the two moons Hydra and Nix.

Also, lost with the background stars, the other last two moons Styx and Kerberos are included in this view.

The painting started in 2015 and finished today’s morning. It started right after the Space craft New Horizon beamed back to Earth its data after it made its flyby in 2015 after nearly 10 years journey.

The view imagined as if it would look like from a camera with a telescopic lens 21,060 miles (33,900 kilometers) above the surface.

The brightness of the sun was calculated and simulated to resemble how it would look like from there.

The moons were also simulated and the apparent size was calculated with a telescopic lens point of view in mind.

The Moon Charon, which is the largest satellite of the Plutonian system is re-imagined in a different position of its orbit than what it was like when the Space Craft made its flyby. This shift was done to fit the Plutonian system and the Sputnik Planum to be in the same frame of the image.

I assume the colors of the surface would be less saturated to the naked eye, however, a long exposure camera with the right white balance would bring a similar color.

The work done on this painting took several sessions, and many hours, and was done between two or three years.

I hope you enjoy this work, and there will be many paintings to come about this Dwarf planet and many other celestial objects in our Solar System and beyond.

 

July-8th-2017

-Ahmad