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In the Light of Two Suns by DeepChrome In the Light of Two Suns by DeepChrome
An alien world, lit by two blazing suns - one red, one blue. Their fire illuminates the sky of this dry, hot world which lies just within what travellers call the Lucky Spot. Rarely in binary systems like this with two powerful suns, do you find a planet that sits within the habitable zones for both stars, and doesn't overheat lethally when the two suns are both on the day side. That's what they call the Lucky Spot. It's a rare, rare planet and enviable for colonists seeking to live on especially challenging frontiers.

Even so, it's not a planet for beginner colonists, let alone beginner space travellers looking to start a colony. It's rough, extremely hot, and full of violent weather instigated both by tidal forces and shifting temperatures.

I recalled some advice given to me a few years back for doing the corona of a supermassive red giant star, and decided to reuse it here. Most times I'll give the stars a nice glow, but it's said that massive or supermassive red giant stars shed their outer layers continually - which makes a very bright corona.
Looks pretty cool!

Though, I do want to point out that this would probably be way too close to be with in the habitable zone. Blue Main Sequence Stars are about 10,000 kelvin, and by using Asterope as a reference, I calculate that you would have to be about 1.5 billion kilometers away from such a star, in order to be with in the habitable zone. This is about the distance of Saturn from the Sun, and such a star would actually appear quite small, unless it is a Supergiant or Hypergiant. If it is, then this would make it almost impossible for complex life to have ever evolved, since Blue Supergiants, tend to go supernova after only about 10-100 million years. In comparison, it took about 3 billion years for the first multicellular eukaryotic organisms to appear on Earth. Even Blue Main Sequence Stars can be quite a stretch, since most of them only have a lifespan of around 1 billion years (assuming it has the same mass as the sun).

Also, that Red Giant right there is quite round, almost like a perfect sphere. Actual Red Giants have a fluctuating surface, and look a bit more like an amorphous cloud, rather then the ball-like sun that we have in our solar system. This especially applies with enormous Supergiants and Hypergiants, which would probably look a little more like this...…
DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah this was more of a study of various visual effects with a sci-fantasy angle rather than a hardcore realistic approach. :shrug: Some of my others I attempt to get more realistic - and I usually prefer using yellow or orange suns, since you can get planets closer to them without frying them. Hot suns would have to be basically specks because the habitable zone would be so far away.
sJibbi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017   Digital Artist
Brightly harmonic the colors and contrast of the stars are C: Agree it's not for the faint of heart to reside near.
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