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Perfect sunset forever

September 2014.
Acrylic over gesso over masonite.
61x76 cm.

M-type star as seen from the twilight zone of an Earth-sized planet. Since this planet it's tidally locked it always gives the same face to its sun (Just like the Moon always gives the same face to Earth). And because of that, the sun stays motionless in the sky.
Here this perfect sunset will last forever, suspended between the scorching perpetual day and the endless frozen night. It will never set, the snow will always have that pink glow and the day will never end.
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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
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1/20 second
Focal Length
5 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 19, 2014, 1:21:31 AM
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Un-Genesis's avatar
Holy crap, I'm in love. This is amazing
CaptainQuirk5's avatar
Such melancholy descriptions you have for your beautiful paintings.
You have an artist's soul all right! :D (Big Grin) 
Axel-Astro-Art's avatar
Thanks! Yes, guess I do... 
CaptainQuirk5's avatar
Oh for sure you do. It doesn't take another artist (even a crude amateur like myself) to see it w hen someone loves what they're doing and shares it with the world.
Axel-Astro-Art's avatar
 Oh stop it you! ~ Meme face oh stop it, you.  
Trail-er's avatar
Tidally locked planets are neat.  I suppose there are lots of possibilities for them, too.  In this case, with other planets in view, they would move in their orbits even it the "sun" never does.  That would be the only way to measure time naturally. 
Axel-Astro-Art's avatar
Indeed they are! In the case of this one, its two moons would be useful for that purpose. Since this is the closest planet to the star there wouldn't be planetary transits to be seen from there, so all the astronomical timekeeping would depend on the motions of the moons. Well, perhaps on this sunset belt, with some stras visible, constellations would tell the time of the year too.  
Trail-er's avatar
Problem is... When you have a planet tidally locked, you can't have stable orbits for moons--the tidal force from their planet slows their orbits down, and they plunge into the planet (or become a short-lived ring).  That's why I thought they would be other planets.  When you have a planet close enough to be tidally locked, planets inferior to it are much closer than in our solar system, so you could see them as disks. 
Axel-Astro-Art's avatar
That's unfortunate.
It didn't felt quite right to have moons around this planet. I added them mostly for aesthetical reasons, but in the back of my mind there was a thought along those lines and that's why the two latter versions of this piece didn't had them (And because they weren't necessary, from a composition point of view)
Trail-er's avatar
Yeah, multiple moons are frequent around distant planets, and are difficult for near ones.  I wonder if earth-like (even super-earth) planets can have multiple moons.  And also if moons of giant planets ever get as big as Earth. 
Glorilux's avatar
This is beautiful!
Axel-Astro-Art's avatar
Thanks again for your interest on my work, and for taking your time to comment (:
You feedback it's appreciated and very much. 
DraumWitch's avatar
Love the glare and glitter on the snow amidst all those pretty colour, it's a really nice detail. Those clouds are also very beautiful, and they give a really nice dynamic to the whole painting.
TankaaKumawani's avatar
It probably plays hob with the expedition team's circadian rhythms.  "It's always evening of the techs had to build blue light boxes from scratch so we could have "morning" in the mess hall and quarters.  It's better than having all of the research assistants hibernate."
Axel-Astro-Art's avatar
Nice micro-story! 

I didn't give too much thought to human occupation/visitation while painting my landscapes. I think most of them will never bee seen by human eyes, nor walked upon by human feet. They are like sacred shrines, static gardens of rock, sand, ice and sky. 

But I like to see people having their own interpretations and stories about them. I liked that one. 
TankaaKumawani's avatar
Yeah.  From a realistic viewpoint, we're going to have to be content with the dun hills of Earth for quite a while yet even if we are lucky.  (I'm a...would the word be "gradualist?"  I think that we have to learn how to live within the constraints of our planet in order to have any chance of living elsewhere (eg Lagrange points, lunar lava tubes if partial gee is acceptable)...and that it's going to be a slow, chancy proposition.  Interstellar missions are for folks well past a 1 on the Kardashev scale, and probably closing in on 2.  Decidedly not in my lifetime, and probably not in the lifetime of my great-grandchildren.)

At least we can visit these distant in the Spaceship of the Imagination, and think about the implications and effects of spending time there.
draumstafur's avatar
Absolutely beautiful, love the colours, and those clouds are to die for.
ChelseaEversmeyer's avatar
That sounds quite romantic, actually.
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