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When you get a chance, checkout the cover on the November issue of Astronomy Magazine. It features an outstanding image of the Milky Way by Don Dixon (who also has work displayed in the Expert Gallery here). You can see a much smaller, and much less detailed, version of the image at Don's website HERE.

The image on the Astronomy cover is actually turned 90 degrees (to the right), with much more brilliant color and zoomed quite a bit. The effect is very nice. The link above really doesn't do it justice, but basically serves as a preview. Here's the text that goes along with the image:

"The Milky Way Galaxy spirals its way through the Local Group of galaxies, innocently hiding violence behind its stately mask. Not only is our galaxy shredding minute dwarfs near it, absorbing them wholesale, but several billion years from now it will spectacularly collide and merge with the Andromeda Galaxy."

Beyond this, Don's portfolio of artwork is quite extensive. He has more images available online than most space artists in the field today (almost 400 at present count). So, if you haven't seen Cosmographica yet, it's certainly worth a visit.

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hmm a link or a scanned pic of the astronomy magazine would be nice


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Here you go:  Current Issue.

If you want full size, you'll have to check it out at the news stand!  

 



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it looks pretty good when flipped 90 degrees, it really fits the cover and leaves space for the typos.

quite nice work



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I really like Don Dixon's work. I like the attention to detail on his "Early Neptune" painting. I love torn planets for some reason.

one day I might be able to paint galaxies correctly, like he does .

Mark Garlick's illustration of our milky way galaxy also look very impressive, check it out: http://www.space-art.co.uk/html/nebulous/fnebulous.html (then click on "Portrait of Home")



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I agree - Mark's "Portrait of Home" also resides in the Expert Gallery here and is a favorite...

 



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wow, nice pic!
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I've seen this before. Either in Scientific American or Sky
and Telescope a few years ago, double paged. I like his
treatment of the Sagitarius Dwarf and the greenish areas
in the spiral arms.


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