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Living with Leviathan by priteeboy Living with Leviathan by priteeboy
Leviathan, a colossal gas giant planet named after a massive mythical sea-beast due to it's Jupiter-esque size and mostly blue colouring with turbulent storms reminiscent of of waves and whirlpools in a troubled sea; Is seen here with four of its moons which are oh-so conveniently visible within the frame ;) Of course, such a large planet is bound to have a dozen more moons elsewhere, but they would be out of view, or on the other side of the planet, which is a distance too far to be able to see the little moons, the ones here would all be in front of the main planet. It is well-lit by unusually bright surroundings, a main blue star that they orbit around is the main light source, but a close range nebula and it's many stars still fill in the background with an eerie blue light.

OK, I did this almost as an apology for not making any space-scenery in ages :lol: I've been wrapped in contest entries over the past couple of months and all my art-time was spent on those, none of which have anything to do with space. But now I can go free-range again and just draw what I want :dance:

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The Gas-gaint planet (for those who don't know, is the massive one with the striped cloud formations) was a must-have, seeing how so few include them in space-art, it's texture alone took me around 4 hours or so, before finally being applied to a 3D sphere and rendered. It took ages since I didn't want to simply manipulate a picture of Jupiter :p and I prefer making Gas giants in 3D rather than Photoshop because you have the option of "tilting" it to get a more natural result and make one of the polar regions visible. Nebula was fractal-based but also had a lot of manual brushing too, that was probably the most time-consuming part. Enjoy!

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xtessa1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Wow!! Very impressive!
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this colour. More of a Methane planet like Neptune. I think the Ice Giants often get overlooked, but they are as interesting as the Gas one's are. I have read where it has been postulated that Uranus might have a Hot Water and Ammonia ocean planet-wide. Neptune might because of the pressure actually have a Diamond surface. I feel until we see it for sure most anything is possible below those cloud decks within reason and physical laws.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uranus and Neptune are really cool planets because of their unique colour and the fact they are probably right near the line that separates a large rocky planet with a really thick atmosphere, and what is a true gas giant (I have no idea where the line is drawn though, I would say if more than half of the planet's "weight" is from the atmosphere alone, it's a gas giant ;)) I heard about a diamond planet in another solar system that was relatively recently discovered. The intense heat and pressure on what seemed like a planet with a high carbon content gave it a possibility of having so much diamond in it that it wouldn't be a rare thing at all like they are here. I'd hate to be the one who has to dig into it though :laughing:

Another article said that these giant terrestrial planets might actually be like smaller Neptune-like planets, much to the disappointment of some who were  hoping they would be more Earth-like, to find out they are covered in a super heavy atmosphere like a gas giant kinda rules that out :hmm:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am sure that more will be discovered in time, thing is so far at least to my knowledge, no two planets have been exactly the same, so there could be more variety than we thought. Jupiter and Saturn seem to be the same but yet distance counts, I doubt Saturn is an exact copy of Jupiter all the way down, other dynamics surely would be at work because of distance and Saturn has that Pentagon on its one polar region--what's that all about? and it is perfectly shaped as well. I just don't see that happening in nature but I could be wrong. Mars has always kind of bored me, unless there is something down in the soil, I just pass on it. The action is in the Giants, Ice or Gas. I am sure we are going to find strange combinations sometime. A Clear atmosphere large planet, a large water-world, or even an earth sized planet wrapped in an atmosphere of Chorine. Somewhere one of those may just exist.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saturn's hexagon shaped formation is actually just a coincidence of fluid dynamics (even though its atmosphere is gas, it behaves like a fluid does) A band of wind and storms near the polar region there blows at just the right speed, and rotation (from Saturn itself) for smaller vortices to form around an otherwise circular band (when viewed from above, like how all gas giants have this target-like pattern when viewed from the poles :target:) and thos smaller ones are disturbing the band's formation causing the hexagon shape. I learned this from a video I watched about it where they created a similar situation in a lab using a jug full of rotating water and coloured dye to highlight the pattern the current was making. It showed that in all cases some smaller swirls appeared in a regular pattern alongside the main one in the middle, distorting its shape into something quite surprisingly geometric. The faster the rotation speed, the more of them appeared and the more "sides" the main one between them ended up having. Saturn got six making it a hexagon, but if those winds were any slower it would probably be more like a square or triangle, if more it would have been like an Octagon or Decagon. Just another way that simple physics creates some bizarre and surprisingly artificial-looking patterns in nature :shocked: Unfortunately, this also means there's nothing suspicious about the hexagon on Saturn, it really is just a coincidence ;)
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Thank you for explaining this. I get so frustrated when I see these things written about but the writer knows nothing of what he is writing of. Let someone who understands write about it not someone who was yanked off the sports board and was given this as an assignment. I saw a program on the TV here and two guys finally figured out what Jupiter's Red Spot was made of. They Blended of all gases--Acetylene--with Ammonia in a rotation drum, let the gases interact and then took a spectrum of it and compared it to the spectrum of the Red spot, they said they tried many different combinations of gases but this one really did it. Sound right?

We were always told here in books that it was just Hydrogen, Helium, Ammonia, and Methane that were the elements in Gas Giants. I had read a few months ago that Saturn had a Hurricane that upwelled and I don't remember the gas off hand but it was one that should not have been there in the volume that it was. Did you hear of this perchance?

 I know Mars is the main focus for many now a days but Mars has become humdrum to me, what is beneath those clouds on the four large planets intrigues me. I am basically relearning my planets again but thanks to you I am getting a Great Working knowledge instead of someone's ramblings. You back your statements up with definitive proof and that is what I like. Your pictures put all this together in a very believable fashion. You and Kepler have taught me much with your views, Kepler finds them and you illustrate what they could be like. You have become my main resource for this, you know what you are talking about, do beautiful illustrations, AND!!!..... wear tight Jeans and a awesome Jacket and are a real cutie!!!! What more could I want? Yes, there is... disappear into one of your paintings and celebrate life.

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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saturn gets a lot of storms too, similar in how they behave and look to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, though they are often smaller, less noticeable and shorter-lived. I think Saturn's atmosphere also changes colour and storm-amount with seasonal variations too (which in Saturn's case are measured in many years rather than just mere months like ours) so it could have something to do with that. If any storm contains a higher concentration of gas than the surrounding atmosphere, my only theory for that would be the cyclonic nature of the storm is "sucking" in more of a certain type of gas than others, particularly if it's a heavier gas. Sorta like how a whirlpool drags in larger, bulkier objects towards its centre more than it does smaller, lighter things :spin:

I'm learning stuff all the time, especially when facts are re-written thanks to more discoveries. But anyone in this field, whether they be professionals or just hobbyists should be open to the sometimes changing facts, I felt like the only person who accepted Pluto not being considered a proper planet anymore, though I must admit I do like finishing the list with it anyway :XD:

Thanks for the compliment at the end there too :bow: Sometimes being one of a kind, even for a good reason, can lead to a difficult and lonely life. How else would have enough time to make all these ;)
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Jupiter and Saturn being similar in composition should have somewhat the same dynamic and with general composition being the same there really shouldn't be much difference but I submit that what we see is at the top of them and that further down they are very much different. Size does matter and so does distance. I argue that when they were accreting, different materials and ices were spread out in the proto disk and that each captured a different mix of them. Helium and Hydrogen were the most abundant so I don't discount them being in both and a major part of their makeup.

To me another thing is Titan. Titan is so much different than Saturn and I feel and it is just my opinion that Titan was to be a planet on its own. Perhaps it was flung out of the inner Solar System or results of collisions in and there about. Titan to me does not seem to be a natural fit with Saturn. The other moons are more so, just left over material that was captured by Saturn. Jupiter's Galilean Moons also seem to me another unnatural link and with the closeness of the Asteroid Belt and the large gap between Mars and Jupiter something should had been there. I am certain about one thing and that is this, that orbital dynamics and collisions altered the Solar system early on and that what we have today was not that way it was in the beginning.

I love to learn and when it is present with strong evidence or fact it makes it makes it that much more relevant. Pluto to me now presents a whole new thing, this world with 5 moons (and counting), a small world at that, perhaps Pluto is going to have the last laugh. When New Horizons reaches it I am willing to bet yet again we will have to rewrite the chapter on it.

Being one of a kind is difficult and sure is lonely but we have found each other and now I don't feel so alone, I wish we were instead of half a world away just down the street from each other. You are someone that I can talk to, enjoy, and learn from and if we were closer to together in distance, may fall in love with. I always wanted a partner who was smart --which most definitely you are, one that liked beauty and could express it-- your work and one who could make me feel comfortable--you do.

Tonight I look out at the sky and the stars shine and yet I wonder are there two other beings out there that are having the same conversation that we have had. Would feelings be universal? would knowledge be as valued? I don't know. I have called myself a Green Star because none are supposed to exist, yet I do. This Universe seems to get more complicated and yet a few basic laws govern everything--hard but simple.

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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After what has been learned about other planetary systems, it seems more and more scientists are accepting the fact that our Solar System wasn't always in the order it currently is either, especially since a lot of these new systems have massive giant planets really close to their host star while ours are much further out. I just assumed the rocky, terrestrial planets would always form close to the center since they are heavier (for their size that is). Saturn might be made of essentially the same stuff as Jupiter, but could behave very differently because it's less-dense, smaller, further from the sun and has those rings too, their shadows of which can block more of the already limited sunshine from reaching it, perhaps giving less fuel for storm formation like Jupiter gets :idea:

Unfortunately that's how things work though. Every person that I've ever been interested in actually having in my life 9and believe me - there aren't many) has always been too far away, and I'm not the kind to who likes travelling much ^^;
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xtessa1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Wonderful image!
Gas Gaints are my favorite type of planets ;)
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