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The Ergs of Cerberus by uxmal750ad The Ergs of Cerberus by uxmal750ad
I finally decided to stop tinkering with this piece and post it. I went through many iterations and late nights trying to get the star just right. Still not completely satisfied, but I’ll go with this for now. I noticed that not many space artists use desert landscapes in their scenes so I decided to try this out.

The Ergs of Cerberus depicts a desert moon orbiting a gas giant in close proximity to a highly magnetic red dwarf star. The scene illustrates a wind swept plain of dune fields (ergs) under a sky dominated by the red dwarf and nearby gas giant. Red dwarfs are highly convective in their interiors and produce intense magnetism and dramatic flaring events. In this scene the star is in the beginning stages of a flare while the gas giant’s polar aurora signal the approaching storm. I've noticed this image is best viewed in a dark room which makes the aurora glow look much more impressive.

Thanks to "priteeboy" for use of a texture from his Gas Giant Resource Pack.

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MohaganyEclipse Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
Nice! I thought that was a Neutron Star at first.
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OldDuane Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
This is just a mesmerizing rendition. Almost hypnotic......also love your description.
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
Thanks...
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TheManley Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really digging the desert landscape in this. You're right about not many artists using them. When I use landscapes, I typically use an old version of Terragen or a photograph that I've taken. I think good reference material for a scene such as this is rare. Anyway, this is very well done. I like your scientific approach. The detail on the red dwarf is awesome. Is that painted or a stock?
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Thanks again!  For the red dwarf I used the highest resolution NASA image I could find of Solar Granulation.  There are many images online.  All of the prominences, flares, and even the aurora were built using Apophysis fractal images.  I wanted to make the star literally look like a giant ball of boiling gas and create a landscape that screamed radiation...
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting story. I actually didn't know red stars were more magnetic than regular "sun" stars. I just affiliated the weaker temperature with having a weaker everything else :XD: Makes me wonder - they say life's best chance of existing elsewhere is around red dwarf stars because they're long-lived, but I wonder how would it cope with the frequent solar flare events :O
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I agree.  And some of these things are absolute monsters.  Gliese 65 which has been dubbed a “flare star” and weighs only a tenth of our Sun increased its brightness by a factor of 75 in 20 seconds.  Can you imagine our Sun doing something like that?  Life on this planet would be reduced to microbes.

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