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Saturn from Mimas by uxmal750ad Saturn from Mimas by uxmal750ad

I have always said the most outstanding view in the whole Solar System must be of Saturn from the surface of its inner-most moon, Mimas.  This is the view you would have of the famed ringed planet if you were standing at 88 degrees N latitude near the moons Northern pole.  Mimas has a gravitationally-locked synchronous orbit with Saturn so the planet stays in the same location in the Mimantean sky, but due to a slight inclination of the orbit of Mimas, Saturn would appear to “wobble” giving an outstanding view above, then below Saturn’s ring system.  From the surface of Mimas, Saturn’s rings would span more than 94 degrees (more than half) of the sky.  I tried to match the best I could the orientation of Saturn, the Sun, all the resulting shadows, and even the Milky Way.  Titan can be seen under the rings to the left of Saturn. 

I used Sienna’s Starry Night Pro astronomy software to precisely determine many of the orientations found in this image.  Vue was used to render the heavily cratered surface of Mimas.  The planetary texture for Saturn was created by me in Photoshop and can be found here:  Saturn Planetary Texture .  I created the rings entirely in Photoshop using a pattern acquired from a high resolution Cassini image.  I also used an actual image of the Milky Way produced by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) which can be found here:  commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil…

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vulcanknight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
Awesome picture, details on the surface of Mimas and the colors of Saturn. If one would have the chance to travel to that moon and live to tell the tale, I think that view must really be something unique
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
The view is probably the most spectacular in the whole Solar System.  Images from the Cassini space probe are likely the closest we will get for a long time.
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vulcanknight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
I see........ That's pretty interesting. Maybe with the time, we can get other views from Mimas and other moons. Even, I think a lot about the mysterious surface of Titan, what wonders must hide that big moon.
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Hereward Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
This reminds me of the old Nine Worlds edutainment CD.
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On1One-on-on-on-111 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
You have done that well...nice sense of balance in the composition..tonal balance.. lighting..plus the fact that you have managed to convey the enormity of space, the sheer size of this planet, yeah nice. LH.
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Thanks for the comments!  I had been wanting do do a scene from the surface of Mimas for a long time.
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Hop41 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I'd love to see you try your hand at Mars as seen from the floor of Phobos' Stickney Crater.
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I've actually thought about exactly that.  That may be the Solar Systems second best view in my book considering how close the moon is to Mars.  I may give it a shot someday...
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LoonyFred Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
This is awesome. How do you determine the right position of the elements though? 
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Thanks!  I use astronomy software (Starry Night and Solar Walk) to help determine a correct scene.  These programs are quite good at predicting anything in the Solar System and are a big help in predicting the locations of stars, moons, shadows, and much more.  Once I find a scene that looks really good, I go to Photoshop and Vue and start building it from scratch.  A scene like this takes me longer since it's actually out there and I try to do it realistically.  I have a lot more artistic freedom on a purely fantasy scene.  :) (Smile) 
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LoonyFred Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
That truly seems like some really hard work.
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Certainly takes a lot of planning and a little homework sometimes.  But I take satisfaction from the knowledge that "out there" there's a place that looks like the scene I created.  Now I just have to figure out what to do next...
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LoonyFred Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Do you make a preliminary sketch or just some notes where goes what? 
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
I do make preliminary scenes up, many times in Photoshop.  I might go online and get images of Saturn and just paste it in quick just to get an idea of how something might look before I start to make the image up for real.   Given how much work is involved, I don't want to do half an image before I realize something will not work out.  "Quickie" images can give me a good idea of how the images will come together.  You probably do kind of the same thing with your drawings...
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LoonyFred Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Well, first I gather some inspirational pictures, music, photos, whatever, then I make some sketches to base the work on. Anyway, this is only what I do with some big works, and these days I only have time to doodle.
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I actually painted in Photoshop my image of the Pleiades Cluster to a CD of "Lab Report", which is kind of twisted but it must have worked  :-o (Eek) 
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Michael-Taylor1134 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Very nice. Outstanding
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Thanks a lot!
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Awedacious Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we were born too early -- it makes me sad that we'll never get to see this ourselves ;_;
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
I agree.  We aren't doing bad though.  We're going to see Pluto for the first time in just a few months...
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Hop41 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I'm very excited about the New Horizons mission.

You mention Mimas' tide locking with Saturn. Pluto and Charon are tide locked with one another. What's more, their orbit about each other is very nearly a perfect circle. And their equators are almost perfectly aligned with their orbital plane.

In other words, the Pluto-Charon L1 is almost motionless when viewed from Pluto or Charon's surface, much like a geostationary sat seen from earth's surface.

I'm looking forward to the New Horizon returning more exact data on the Pluto's & Charon's orbits. A science fiction setting I like to image is an elevator extending from Pluto to Charon
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I'm betting Pluto will have a lot in common with Triton.  But it's going to take a few more months to find out if I'm right or wrong...
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shena12345 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Artist
TOO BEAUTIFUL
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Thank you.
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