The familiar Horsehead Nebula hangs like a menacing thunderhead over the shoreline of an alien ocean planet. This scene borrows the Horsehead's appearance as seen in long-exposure photos taken through large telescopes. The backdrop of glowing hydrogen--depicted bright enough here to cast shadows--would actually be all but invisible, even from such a close vantage point.
This vast cloud of obscuring interstellar dust is but a tiny sample of the dark material strewn throughout our galaxy and others. Stars, planetary bodies--and even ourselves--are the by-products of the gravitational accretion of this dust.
Copyright 1996, James Hervat www.oceanofstarsgallery.com
NOTE; The Fine Art America watermark in the lower right corner of the image does not appear on the print.
June 28th, 2017
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