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Icarus

This asteroid orbits way out of the main belts, and approaches the Sun closer than Mercury, when it glows red-hot. This is painted in acrylics, with dark glazes and white paint over a bright red base.

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Comment by David A. Hardy on January 23, 2009 at 6:33am
Thanks for all the kind words, guys. I was rather pleased with this one. Now I'm thinking of doing something similar but using fluorescent (dayglo) paints. . . (Under UV light, maybe?)
Comment by Dawid Michalczyk on January 23, 2009 at 5:59am
I love the way the glowing redness is done here. It really gives the impression of one hot rock!
Comment by Walter Myers on January 22, 2009 at 11:29am
The glowing rock has such a tactile appearance I fear I'll get burned if I touch your rendering!
Comment by Michael C. Turner on January 19, 2009 at 1:40pm
Greetings Dave,

Yes, I agree with all the other comments. This is indeed a superb work of space art. I especially love the sub-surface glow effect you created and, as this is an acrylic painting, I admire it even more.

Regards,
Michael C. Turner
Comment by John E. Kaufmann on January 18, 2009 at 3:30pm
Brilliant painting. Thanks for postng Dave.
Comment by David A. Hardy on January 18, 2009 at 5:02am
It's been approved by none other than Brian May, who as you may know specialises in cosmic dust and the Zodiacal Light, so you're in good company. We will rock you!
Comment by Nick Stevens on January 18, 2009 at 4:49am
Good grief, I spent ages staring at this image, but I was not sure if it would really get that hot! My favourite picture here so far.
Comment by David A. Hardy on January 18, 2009 at 4:41am
At the subsolar point it's about 800 K. This is a painting, in acrylics, BTW! I painted Icarus as long ago as 1972 for CHALLENGE OF THE STARS, and we knew then that it would glow cherry-red at its closest to the Sun.
Comment by Nick Stevens on January 17, 2009 at 6:18pm
Love this one -- what s the temperature of Icarus at perihelion?

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