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2010 Home by Drell-7 2010 Home by Drell-7
The final image in Rob Caswell and my series based on details within Arthur C. Clarke's 2010: Odyssey Two. The Leonov nears the moon and begins the braking burn which will settle it into its final orbit. The double sunrise symbolizes the dramatic changes wrought upon Earth, and the entire Solar System, by the conversion of Jupiter into a sun.

Done in Lightwave 10 and Photoshop.

Thanks for hanging in with us, over the entire series. Its been a real challenge, and labor of love.
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Eihort Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
I got into Orbiter Space Sim years ago, and saw the Space Odyssey mod pack with the ships. The creator took the time and effort to replicate the flight base on the information from the books. It was spot on. The dates and times of the maneuvers line up perfectly where the planets would actually be, or, given the current date, where they *were*, making replicating the flight of the Leonov entirely possible with realistically spec-ed engines.

That still amazes me to this day that Clarke took the time to do the math....
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VMJML1er Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014   Digital Artist
super
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D (Big Grin) 
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vala553 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Bit of fridge horror: Wouldn't Lucifer heat up the Earth at closest approach, causing fast climate change?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
At its closest it would still be 400 million miles away, so I don't think the difference in temperature would be very significant, just ball-parking an estimate. Jupiter and Earth have two of the more circular orbits in the solar system, so not much eccentricity to worry about.
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vala553 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Hardly. That's point blank for an active star even at the small end. Then again, this is an artificial Jovian star, so who knows.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'd plead that Jupiter turns into, at most, a minimal red dwarf, considering all it does to Europa, at 414,000 miles away, is melt the ice and give it a temperate climate. But I haven't run the numbers, so I'll just put my trust in Clarke's general reputation for scientific consistency.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wicked retro, dude!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The engines are, in fact, performing a retrograde burn!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, like.... that's totally what I meant!
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