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Saturnian Dream: Moonlet Requiem by Eduardo-Tarasca Saturnian Dream: Moonlet Requiem by Eduardo-Tarasca
Dedicated to my mother

This piece is, and has been from the start, dedicated to my mother, for whom Saturn held a particular attraction. As difficult as it was to complete, knowing that she would be cheering me on made all the difference. One can find my full dedication in the accompanying Journal Entry.

NOTE: A Daily Deviation! I...Can't...Believe it! . First and foremost a huge, huge thank you to ^alltheoriginalnames for the feature and the DD. I would like to also thank everyone here for their kind words and awesome support.

In this image we see the full majesty of Saturn and its magnificent rings as we glide approximately 350 metres (1,148 ft) above the rings. From our vantage point orbiting 56,200 km (90,000 miles) above the tumultuous cloud tops, Saturn looms large, its brilliant butterscotch clouds a display of fantastic turbulence as storms and vicious winds, exceeding 1,700 km/hr (1,000 miles/hr), whip through its atmosphere. High in the northern hemisphere a pale ovular storm thousands of kilometres wide, rages as it shears its way through the surrounding belts. On the night side powerful lightning flashes illuminate the surrounding cloud tops, casting pale, ghostly hues.

Closer by, a moonlet some 300 metres (980 ft) in length drifts towards us. As it slides across its orbit around Saturn, its modest gravity disrupts the motions of the car to house-sized icy fragments around it. Using the Cassini spacecraft, astronomers have been able to identify these tiny moonlets by how they distrub the rings around them as they orbit. These propeller or scallop shell like perturbations offer a gravitational fingerprint of the moonlet's presence. Here, our hypothetical moonlet's gravitational influence disrupts a large, but loosely agglomerated collection of ring material, kicking it above the surrounding ring plane.

At the far left of the screen, the Sun, some 1.4 billion km (875 million miles) distant, shines with slightly over 1% of the brightness as it does back on Earth.


This is likely one of the most time-consuming completed pieces I have uploaded to DeviantArt to date. I started it back on March 10, 2012 hours after uploading "The Seventh Planet as Viewed from Miranda." Over the next two-month period I worked on the image periodically, with most of the serious effort being done in the first and last weeks of its development.

I again tried to expand upon the "traditional painting style and methods" I had experimented with in my last Space Art-themed piece. By far the most difficult component was hand painting the, I dare say, hundreds of icy fragments in the foreground, and extending the ring plane towards the horizon. The clouds of Saturn were completed in about 3-4 hours. The moonlet and the kicked up cloud of debris next to it were completed near the end of the process, with the latter being an addition made in the last three days.


Let me just state that I am not a scientist nor a professional astronomer. I am a space enthusiast. I try to be as accurate as possible, but in the realms of art and composition, some licenses are ultimately made. Here are a few notes on accuracy.

:bulletblack: From our vantage point 56,000 km from Saturn, the planet should be more or less proportional to what it would look like if seen from this distance, though it would appear slightly more oblate than it does here.

:bulletblack: The sheer density and ubiquity of the car to house-sized fragments seen in the rings immediately around us have been exaggerated. In reality the contents of the rings are likely far finer and more pulverized than visualized here, likely appearing more like irregular ice cubes or flakes of snow. That being said there are indeed thousands and millions of objects as large as those seen here present in the rings. Also the gaps between individual ringlets is likely less defined in nature and represent modest declines in fragment density, ergo there probably should be more fragments floating around in them.

:bulletblack: I'm not a mathematician nor a an expert on gravitational dynamics. The perturbation of the rings caused by the moonlet are based on satellite imagery of such interactions as seen from "above". I had to extrapolate a fair bit on how to depict this in three dimensions, so unfortunately I can't guarantee the depiction is absolutely accurate. I will confess that the position of the moonlet relative to the leading and trailing waves is a little off. In reality the moonlet should appear to be hovering a bit further in the distance, just below center and to the left, directly above the point where the leading and trailing waves are immediately ajacent to one another. (Sorry for the rambling description)

Overall however, I think the image illustrates at least how such interactions may, at least in broad strokes, manifest themselves.

:bulletblack: The Sun is fairly consistent with reality, though the disc itself had to be exaggerated by 50 to 100%.

Thank you for your patience and support.

This piece represents the second piece in my "Visions of the Solar System Collection"

I. Seventh Planet as Viewed From Miranda

Next Stop Jupiter...

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The Fall of Icarus by Eduardo-Tarasca
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-11-15
rattus-bavariae Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
one of the best space-images i´ve ever seen
DemetrisH Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Forgot where i was for a second
horseygirl119 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I got really dragged into this, literally, I kind of wish I was there to kind of witness the phenomenon, if space wasn't so difficult to inhabit <3
NovoScorp Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Mind blowing !😊
Erozja Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
You have been featured in my journal: Things I love #9 - COSMOS :heart:

Have a nice day! :aww:
AlexView Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
KILLthatThing Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Really impressed! Felt i was really there for a moment!! ;D
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just jawdropping! This is art on another level!

I can feel the epic nature of this piece YET its not overblown, bloated, or ridiculous.

Its natural, and the wave of "elements" in the ring is just magnificent.

Your mum should be proud - I would be if this was done for me.

WALLGOTH Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
. SUBLIME . . .
Xakimus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
That's great!!
nilsjeppe Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Stunning piece, kudos.
marioluevanos Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, such beautiful depiction of Saturns rings. Looking at in in wonder.
tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. A very new and fresh take on planetary ring depiction. I'm very impressed ::)
ScorpiusOB1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Great job! (can't describe it with words; jaw-dropping). This is the kind of images Cassini will never be able to send us, since she cannot orbit so close to the rings. Well done!.
You are a rare find, an artist who takes his inspiration from scientific observations. This is excellent work by the way and I'm excited to see more.
NoStr0m0 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have this as a double screen wallpaper. I have to say, it looks simply beautiful and the amount of detail and roughness in the rings and moonlet compared to the soft giant Saturn in the back is wicked!
But I think the icing on the cake is the reflection of the Sun in the rings. I noticed it this morning it made my entire day brighter.
ideamind Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
It's an astonishing work!
gregas77 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
magnifique superbe travail
SmizzTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Just absolutely magnificent!
jorgenial Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
great job dude.... awesome.. xD
tophxomi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so amazing!
LokiOstara Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this deviation. It's beautiful when good artists treat science with such care and wonder.
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist
I have no words to describe this, nothing I say seems to do it justice.
BrawnySteed Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its amazing to imagine that such a large mass of liquid and gas is held in orbit around a tiny white speck in the distance. Fantastic work.
Arcalian Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Great art of my favorite planet!
Roguewing Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely a beautiful piece.
All the work you put into it really shows in the details
benbischop Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Great Art...!!
Black-Heart-Phoenix Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!! it is a very touching story!! Im sure your mother would be more than proud of you :)
Starkiteckt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great vision!
DECA-FADE Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Very nice, a fitting tribute to someone you hold so dear to your heart.
mushroomGOD121 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Mind if I share this?
mushroomGOD121 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
DAMN :) This is really spectacular, for the eye, well composed, a sense of meaning and concept, as well as color usage is amazing.
Eri-XI Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012   Digital Artist
that' :love:
Cursivedragon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Absolutely wonderful!
Cretain Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning. Great work.
Eevee1999 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Writer
Holy crap! This rocks! (Literally). The majesty of this artwork is unable to be fathomed!
Carl-Norwaydude Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Holy cow! It's more text than there are rocks on this pic! :3
Doesn't look like you cut corners when it comes to the rocks(Copy paste), it's like shadow on each and everyone of'em! The way the gas giant(Wild guess) just disapears is amazing!
Or did you go to space, took a pic and uploaded? :P

You got mad skills, not often I come across something like this! Keep up the good work :D
Maybe there should have been more stars :I
ShariEl-Amir Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Magnificent. All other words are lost.
SuperfastHillbilly Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Spaaaaaaaaaace! This is so cool. Great representation of the vastness of space.
capn17 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Words cannot describe how cool and awesome this is.
aDeadGod Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ridiculously cool!
0bsidianFire Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous! I'm amazed at how much detail you went into.
alespanda Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Butler2011 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I shat bricks when I saw this.
FrankRT Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One word: spectacular!
Passin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Well I'm no scientist, but this definitely looks like it's accurate. Nice work
derblasse Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
...ein geiles Bild!!!
shadowluminata Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Artist
This is a simply stunning piece. You do great honor to your mother with this :)
MasPix Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Space Art At Its Best...
Starfirechelle Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is magnificent!! Congrats on a well deserved DD!!! :winner:
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