An Astounding History of Scientific Space Art from the Past 200 Years

Ron Miller's new coffee table book The Art of Space is a gorgeous history of scientific illustrations, full of retro rockets and stunning planetscapes. It's also a glimpse back at the cutting-edge astronomy of yesteryear. We've got a gallery of some of the most striking work from the book. » 11/20/14 8:00am 11/20/14 8:00am

The Seven Wonders of the Moon

The prospect of future tourists gawking at the ice fountains of Enceladus, the volcanoes of Io and the grand canyons of Mars has many people forgetting what's in their own backyard. » 10/18/14 2:00pm 10/18/14 2:00pm

The Seven Wonders of the Solar System

People like to make lists of things, especially lists of superlatives: the best, fastest, oldest, largest, heaviest and so on. There are lists of the ten fastest animals and the ten longest rivers and even of the ten highest-paid rock stars. The Guinness company created a small industry from publishing lists exactly… » 9/14/14 3:30pm 9/14/14 3:30pm

I Can't Do Space Art All Day, So Here's Cthulhu

While astronomical art is my specialty, I can't do planets 24 hours a day. So sometimes I set that aside to do something to get my mind off Mars or Titan or Gliese 467b or whatever it is I have been sweating over. H.P. Lovecraft has always been one of my favorite authors, so a few months ago I started a series of… » 11/14/13 9:00am 11/14/13 9:00am

The Most Mind-Blowingly Beautiful Artists' Conceptions of Exoplanets

When we discover a brand new exoplanet, we can only imagine what it might look like. But luckily for us, our imagination has some pretty brilliant visual aids. Artists (including our own Ron Miller) have created some droolworthy images of planets outside our solar system. Here are the most gorgeous of them all. » 10/15/13 3:14pm 10/15/13 3:14pm

Gorgeous illustrations of what it would look like to stroll along…

Last week, the ESA released unprecedented images of a long, meandering river on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. Most likely the river flows with ethane or methane, and might be slightly viscous like oil. Now, space artist and io9 contributor Ron Miller has created these gorgeous up-close visions of the river from… » 12/19/12 7:28pm 12/19/12 7:28pm

Picture of the Day: September 10, 2012

BETTER THAN TATTOOINE | Our own Ron Miller shares his artist's impression of Kepler 47c, the first binary star system with more than one planet in it. Check out the full version below. » 9/10/12 5:36pm 9/10/12 5:36pm

The Incredible Beauty of Titan’s Tropical Methane Lakes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted methane lakes in the so-called "tropics" of Saturn's moon, Titan. (Where temperatures reach a balmy −179 °C, or −290 °F.) The lakes were a bit of a surprise to researchers who had assumed that the long-standing liquid bodies would only exist at the poles. The discovery also raises… » 6/14/12 12:03pm 6/14/12 12:03pm

Artist helps wife fight cancer by turning her into a sexy pulp warrior

Concept Artist Ron Miller (who often contributes to io9) wanted to celebrate his wife Judith's recent victory over cancer with something spectacular — something bold and glorious like the Planet Stories covers they both love. So they created Captain Judikha. Together they stitched a glorious vintage super suit and… » 5/21/12 12:39pm 5/21/12 12:39pm

Concept Art and Photos from the Catwoman Movie that Never Happened

We know Ron Shusett best as the writer and producer of Alien, as well as the producer of Total Recall. But if things had turned out differently, we might remember him as the creator of Pentizel, a movie about a feline woman stalking a dystopian future cityscape. Artist Ron Miller worked on Pentizel, and here he shares… » 5/09/12 1:00pm 5/09/12 1:00pm

What will happen when the Sun dies?

Everything comes to an end, and our sun is no exception. A star happily cooking along in its middle age, Sol has many millions of good years ahead of it — but its eventual doom is certain. Here's what that will look like. » 12/27/11 2:45pm 12/27/11 2:45pm

The weirdest moons in the solar system, and what it would look like to…

It would sometimes seem as though there are two solar systems: One including planets, and another including moons. Until recently, most books about the solar system focused on the planets, stopping only to acknowledge the existence of their satellites with a kind of half-embarrassed nod. They would be discussed as a… » 11/10/11 8:00am 11/10/11 8:00am

Strange worlds and thrilling companions: A new book collects stunning…

The greatest science fiction art doesn't just light up your retinas with wonder and strangeness — it also makes you think, just like great science fiction writing. A new book, SciFi Art Now, contains mind-blowing futuristic and strange art. » 11/16/10 12:51pm 11/16/10 12:51pm