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Stunning Pluto Art Makes Me Want to Hike the Norgay Montes

Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched Pluto transform from a fuzzy gray ball into a reddish-pink world with ice plains, mountains ranges, and hints of geologic activity. But science isn’t the only great thing about the recent Pluto discoveries: The new artwork is pretty stellar, too. » 7/19/15 1:30pm 7/19/15 1:30pm

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 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 Titan's methane rivers

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

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

The weirdest moons in the solar system, and what it would look like to stand on them

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