Thanks To One Artist, We Can Now Watch The Sunset From Every Other Planet
People spend hours lying in yards on summer nights and traveling to far-flung nations around the world to bear witness to something that has a way of grounding everyone who sees it.
And it’s something in which we all find comfort as life winds down every night. How many sunsets have you watched in your lifetime? How many have you snapped and shared on social media? How many are tied to fond memories?
What artist Ron Miller of Black Cat Studios recently created gives us a new perspective on something we’ve experienced hundreds and thousands of times. With his digital illustrations, he transports us to worlds far away to experience this little wonder from different vantage points.
Because Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, dusk doesn’t fall in warm, soft hues. It’s bold and bright and burns like nothing we’d ever see here on Earth.
Next up is Venus. When the sun sets over this planet, it gives the opposite effect. Because this fiery body is shrouded in heavy cloud cover, the sunset is almost invisible.
When we skip Earth, we go straight to Mars. Its sunset is a muted version of ours. Wind speeds are painfully high, however, which kicks up dust in front of the sun and dulls its appearance.
Instead of showing the spectacle on Jupiter itself, Miller opted to depict this massive planet in all its glory as it blocks out the setting sun, allowing us to watch it all unfold from one of Jupiter’s moons.
There’s something really spectacular about seeing the sun fall behind Saturn’s rings, which lend the scene a prismatic effect.
The view from Uranus’ moon Ariel is chilling in its distance. Instead of enveloping the planet in soft light, it barely extends any at all.
If you were to stand on Triton, which is Neptune’s largest moon, you’d be met with an equally desolate sight.
Resting six billion kilometers from the sun, the harsh reality of Pluto’s far-flung situation is only highlighted by this scene. It’s so far away that nothing can touch it.
The next time you see a sunset from down here on Earth, take comfort in the fact that every night, you’re treated to one of the most beautiful views in the universe.