In another world, just before the twilight. Their Star set painting a beautiful sky under their planet. An exoplanet to us here on Earth.
In a celestial body. whether it is a twin planet orbiting each other around their own star system, or a Moon around this ring planet. Either way, I tried to picture the Sun set (or the Star set) on those settings.
The city is a coastal one that learned to obtained and harness the power of electricity and the use of Radio.
I pictured it in a not so busy day, where air and marine traffic is close to none. A holiday you can call it.
The painting it self started in 2015. I spend around 8 hour on it in that year. this year a spend nearly as much time as before.
I could have saturated with more details, but after nearly 16 hours, I had to move to another project and not dwell on perfection. What ever I wanted to add can be done in a new project.
So without further adieu, I present : And All The Worlds With Out A Name.
Giving the number of stars in our night sky and in the observable universe, chances are extremely high for this setting to be happening right now as you read.
This painting started in March 2013. It was inspired from the days when I was hunting for comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS).
The painting also takes inspiration from the many evenings and nights I was stargazing from Rocky Peak at Simi Valley, California. The observatory was inspired from few real life ones like the one In Kuwait (Al Aujairy Observatory), and the one in Mt. Wilson California (Mount Wilson observatory).
In a way, this painting can be cross over reference of the night sky from location I visited in the Arabic Peninsula and the West states of U.S.A.
This work is a fantasy view of the night sky. Usually observatories don’t have the lights on at this level of brightness, unless if there is a maintenance of some sort, upgrade in the system, or special event.
The colors of the clouds and the Starry nights are a work of fiction. Although the clouds can have these colors in real life, and the night sky background can have this view of the stars, the two views normally can’t occur at the same time. The colors of the clouds indicate that the time of the day is either an evening or dawn where the stars is not fully visible, or not at this number of abundance.
However, the observer can retain this imagery of one night in their mind.
The painting also show a general frustration of the weather when an observer or observers try to see an event in the sky where the clouds can block the view.
Still, the clouds can and always paint the sky with their own beauty.
The painting took many hours to complete, and easily exceeded more than 20 hours of work since 2013 until tonight April 18th/19th 2017.
April 18th/19th, 2017
If you are interested to see the images taken of the Comet in 2013 by the author,
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 was covering the majority of North America. The images featured in this article were taken from the West coast of North America around the time of Sunset or Moon rise of the 27th of the month.
The 1st images were taken of the Western horizon observing the clouds at sunset, and the 2nd image was taken at the same time but of the eastern horizon.
By the time those pictures were taken, the eclipse has began an hour ago, but the Moon was under the horizon from the observed location which align with the coordinate of 118 degree west and 38 minute.
This Lunar Eclipse happened on Sunday, so there were a lot of people in their day off and got the chance to hike and see it and the Full Moon, Blood Moon.
To my surprise when I reached Rocky peak, I found out it was crowded more than it usually is at this time of the day. There were less 20 people around me. this is the most I saw at this peak in one time.
I picked my spot, and set up my gears, and start taking more pictures as the Moon starts to peak out of the clouds.
The Eclipse was reaching in and out of it’s maximum at this point. More images were taken as the Moon was sailing across the clouds over the beautiful view of my Valley.
The clouds were coming from a mild tropical storm from the pacific and they were high altitude clouds.
And here are few close up picture of the event.
By this time of the phenomena, the Moon is start to brighten again considerably.
Some of the clouds as they pass painted a beautiful frames
The landscape start to have the full Moon shine that was absent since the Moon rise.
The Lunar eclipse is almost at end. At this point in time, all the rest of the crowd had long gone, and I was the only observer left at the peak.
The temperature was very comfortable and cold winds coming from the North, and warm when winds come from the south east and west.
A painting of Exoplanet western horizon view. A planet with the same directional rotation of our planet earth, so West and East relatively are the same.
The planet is habitat by intelligent being that are no different than us, and you can see their impact on the landscape and the sky in this painting too.
A small town that is part of a bigger civilization that inhabit the Exoplanet on this binary star system. The smaller star is not much different than the bigger star in size and class, the difference is just the distance. In this binary system, there are seasons where the day is so bright , beings living there had to be in the shadow constantly, and other time of the year, it feels like in a constant twilight for months due to the fact the planet can go far away from the focus of the orbit of the binary system and makes the stars further away. The civilization had to to face many obstacles to over come those natural challenges and insure their surviving.
The painting took more than 10 hours to finish, and maybe triple that time just staring and analyzing it.
The art work is heavily influenced by the places I usually hike near by my home on a regular basis, and where I observe the Sunset before I start stargazing.
More Exoplanet paintings will be featured soon. A set/sets of paintings might be done as well.
Late August, early September, the year passes by very fast. As usual, I picked up my sunset viewing location to be rocky peak. I like the trail at this time of the year. I can see the Sun set position move across the horizon from the North West, to get closer to the South West.
At this time of the year, the Sun moves away from the mountains that cover the horizon from Santa Susana point of view. The Sun moves towards a gab where in a clear day, one can see the surface of the Pacific Ocean. An ideal set up for capturing Sunset phenomena. However, the humidity might make the observation a little more difficult to do so.
I have captured the sunset, and with it, I caught the rare phenomena I was after, the green flash.
After the setting of the Sun behind the Distance Mountains, few Sun rays were peaking from the summits and created beautiful light phenomena that are also known as crepuscular rays, or Sun beams. The direction of rays was from the bottom to the top, which is different from when the rays are created from the clouds. Usually, when these rays are created from clouds, the direction is from the top to the ground.
The temperature was cooling off and getting lower, a welcome change from the warm day of the summer, and as it was getting darker, the crescent Moon start to take the show in the western horizon. The phase of the Moon that day was only .02 which meant 2% illuminated.
I observed the Moon until it sets. It is amazing how the Moon crescent shape get distorted a little under altitude of 7 degree from the horizon or so, just like the disk of the Sun.
When it was dark enough, the planets Mars and Saturn appeared in the south directions. It is amazing observing Mars near Saturn and observing its celestial movements against the background stars in the past months.
The go by many names, most used is wildfire. They appear and disappear in their habitat, part of nature, part of life cycle. They bring new life in their distraction, and clean up unwanted grow.
The smoke can extend for long distances, and reach towns nearby many kilometers or miles away. The 1st time I saw any hint in person for this phenomena was yellow smoky skies and the smell of grill cooking fire, in early afternoon back in 2006. When I was leaving the campus science building back then. I thought it was late in the day and sunset lights are already in the horizon. It wasn’t, and no one was grilling. It was the smoke from the wildfire, covering the sky and dimming the daylight. Another student who was passing by notices my gaze on them, and told me randomly, crazy isn’t it as he was walking by.
It was fascinating how fast they spread and how unexpectedly they show up and change direction. I thought to myself they must be too far away from any residential area, and they are relatively safe, but then I relies that this is not the case. A whole state might devote all their resources to put it out, and many people sometime have to evacuate their homes, and even lost their houses in the fire. One of my friends once couldn’t make it to the class physics exam because they were evacuating.
Several times a year these phenomena can occur. The less rainy the season is, the more abundance they become obviously. There are signs at the gate in many states and national parks that indicate the state of the fire hazard. They range from safe, to mild hazard, to extreme.
I learned to cope with them, and enjoy observing them from a safe distance. I even start to noticing them while flying.
This painting was inspired by observing them from mountain peaks at sunset while getting ready for my stargazing session. Their view at night is splendid. The fire keeps moving at the bottom of my views with its warm colors, while the stars move peacefully against the background during the night above them with their cold colors.