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The Crucible

“I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us - then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls.

The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir.”
- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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zaco21's avatar
Very interesting!
Jakeukalane's avatar
super awesome :D cool!
tsahel's avatar
superb ! And I live the quote of Sagan
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cornellg's avatar
Your artwork, and this piece is no exception, is almost painfully beautiful, besides being rediculously realistic. I love your technique and you are easily my favourite space artist.
cosmicspark's avatar
Thanks Cornell, You are pretty great yourself, added to watch list.
raloibsp1's avatar
I wish the game Super Mario Galaxy 3 have galaxies like yours looks beautifulLuma icon 1 Free Galaxy Icon 2 Galaxy Heart Mario Dab Mario Tiny Head (Smg4) Mario Intensifies 
Scorpidilion's avatar
excellent work with great details :thumbsup: ;)
cosmicbound's avatar
Nice and 'natural', seems to be floating along in space. It looks very aquatic. Also, nice rays!
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Austarius's avatar
Can't get enough of those globular structures!
ErikShoemaker's avatar
love this one Tim! I don't know what it is but for some reason this nebula looks a bit different from your usual ones. It's less "dense" I guess. I like it!
cosmicspark's avatar
Thanks Erik, I used a slightly different technique, trying to mimic the nebula from Eve Online (which used Houdini particle simulations).
ErikShoemaker's avatar
interesting. I've heard so much about it but never really thought about playing it myself, is it still worth it?
Hameed's avatar
Absolutely gorgeous. :thumbsup:
MetalSnail's avatar
WOW, stunning work!!!
Hessmix's avatar
Epic man. High quality.
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