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Gliese 581 c by TRAEMORE Gliese 581 c by TRAEMORE
Gliese 581 c or Gl 581 c is a planet orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 581. It is the second planet discovered in the system and the third in order from the star. With a mass at least 5.6 times that of the Earth, it is classified as a super-Earth (a planet of 1 to 10 Earth masses). Assuming that the planet's mass is close to the lower limit determined by radial velocity measurements (the true mass is unknown), it was the smallest known extrasolar planet around a main sequence star, but on April 21, 2009, another planet orbiting Gliese 581, Gliese 581 e, was announced with an approximate mass of 1.9 Earth masses, which is now the smallest known extrasolar planet around a main sequence star.

Info source: Wikipedia

Inspired by this awesome Artist! [link]

Planets made with 3ds max and finally put together in photoshop.

Planet textures made out of images from the NASA Earth database

Original render resolution is 4000x2500 pixel

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The sense of scale is very powerful here, and accomplished with not really needing a lot of stuff either. Which is pretty rare in any kind of art. Anyone can see that planet in the background is massive to say the least! :omg:

But maybe it worked too well. That little moon passing in front of it looks like it should be Earth-sized or even just Mars-sized in itself (to have an atmosphere, clouds, continents etc) which in that case makes the planet in the background so large by comparison that it should rightfully be a gas giant like Jupiter (but since it's based on a real one, we know it can't be)

I think maybe a different type of moon needed to be there in front. One that actually looks like it would be smaller (which usually means just a grey rock with craters, not very exciting but more expected for something that size than one that looks like another Earth) It just currently looks like a moon too small to have Earth-like features, or a background planet too large to have the same. But changing the moon would be much easier ;)

Normally I wouldn't nitpick. I just felt the need to this time since it was an attempt at recreating a real planet that has been discovered. So things like scale need to feel realistic (even when the alternative looks more cinematic 8-))
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pedro8999 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very nice men, would you be so kind to give the link of the NASA database?
TRAEMORE Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
pedro8999 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you 
Enano3355 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
TRAEMORE Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ! :hug: 
Pi-Rex Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Simple amazing. This goes to show there is art just about anywhere, and everywhere, in the universe.
TRAEMORE Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^^
kingbob24 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
TRAEMORE Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
Phoenix1583 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Holy shit.
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