Breathtaking Illustrations Show The Splendor Of Ringed Planets

Is there any more beautiful than a ringed planet? It's like an instant signifier of an exotic, non-Earth world. And the sight of a ring floating around an entire world is one of the most poetic and astonishing vistas the universe has to offer. And luckily, some immensely talented artists have created illustrations… » 4/11/14 3:00pm 4/11/14 3:00pm

These official exoplanet artworks are the next best thing to visiting

Chances are, none of us will live long enough to travel to a planet in another star system. But at least, we can gaze upon dozens of exoplanets right now — thanks to official artworks created by NASA and some of the world's greatest high-tech observatories. Check out our favorite official exoplanet art below. » 2/11/14 3:00pm 2/11/14 3:00pm

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

The Secret of Creating Mindblowing Concept Art of Alien Worlds

Chances are, you've already marveled at Emmanuel Shiu's stunning concept art before. We've featured his stunning movie and game art before — he's worked on everything from Star Trek to Lost Planet 3. Above is a brand new piece of concept art, which he's premiering at io9. And below is Shiu's explanation of how to… » 9/16/13 4:00pm 9/16/13 4:00pm

Deviant Focus: Capturing the romance of space exploration

This week's Focus is on famed cover painter, Alan Gutierrez. "Capturing the romance of space exploration" is how he defines his work, and that's a perfect description. Alan's work has been featured on the covers of magazines, books, games, and on display in galleries. His work even appeared many years ago here on io9. » 6/11/13 4:01pm 6/11/13 4:01pm

NASA's dizzying concept art imagines ribbons of farmland in space

Back in the 1970s, NASA was creating seriously trippy images of lush, green human habitats crammed inside tubes in space. Farms and happy townsfolk stretch upwards and even wrap over your head, like an M.C. Escher vista. More weirdness below. » 8/30/10 11:30am 8/30/10 11:30am

The Space Age Isn't Over, As Long As We're Making Cool Art

The 1950s were a decade when science, space, and concepts of the future were celebrated within fashion, architecture, and design. Artist Mark Weaver takes advantage of the fantastic imagery and aesthetics produced during this era to inspire some breathtaking artwork. » 12/30/09 10:00am 12/30/09 10:00am

Space Picnicking Not For Those With A Weak Constitution

Josh Cochran's "The Future Is Space" mixes my two loves: sandwiches and space. Cochran explains on his blog that he was inspired by the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986 to become obsessed with Tom Sachs' art piece "Space Program." You may be familiar with the animated commercials Cochran created for the Science… » 8/06/08 12:30pm 8/06/08 12:30pm