Rogue Planet

I started this painting sometime after 2010, I am not sure exactly, but I kept adding small brush strokes every once in a while.

I didn’t know where it was going. I had the background first. I really liked how it turnout. The Nebula colors of what a galactic center might looks like mixed with all sort of celestial objects that we know of, and those that we don’t.

Rogue Planet

After the background was done, I struggled to fill the foreground and what object should it be.

I tried a space ship, a human made object, but nothing fit the big picture. Suddenly, I made a small sphere to study the work of light in the over all setting, and I actually liked how it looked like as it is, so I end up turning the sphere in to a planet, a wanderer planet, a Starless Sunless one. A planet that orbit the galaxy with out a star. A nomad planet you can call it, a galactic or interstellar planet.

The planetary object is also known by many other names.

They come in many set of sizes and properties.

To astronomers, finding the planet can be difficult and tricky. The most poplar way to identify it is to observe the light bending of the background starts when the planet happen to pass them. The background stars are not close to the planet necessarily.

Once detected, it’s easier to observe than a planet that orbit a bright star due to the fact that the companion star brightness or its glare will abstract the observation more so than rogue planet.

If you are wondering, Life could arise from this type of planets, and there are many of them in the Milky way Galaxy, and most likely in other galaxies.

July – 14th – 2017

-Ahmad

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