The central theme of "Star Trek" (TM) that has always attracted me to the shows is exploring the unknown; going where no one has gone before. Here, the U.S.S. Farragut (a Nebula-class ship, a long-time favorite of mine) begins the careful survey of a newly discovered solar system with a pass of the largest planet, a super-Jovan with a vast ring system. The nightside glows, not just with reflected ringlight, but by the warmth of the planet's own internally generated heat.
The scene was set up and rendered in Lightwave 8.5. The impressive Farragut model and textures were provided by an uncredited artist at the Lightwave Group v3 website. The ringed planet is based on a Lightwave freebie Nick Stevens offers on his always interesting [link]
website. The color maps for the giant are partially based on Jupiter maps by NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
Thanks for taking a look!