Galaxy

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The galaxy was a true challenge for my computer. A real galaxy has somewhere around 100 billion stars. I can’t afford enough memory to generate that kind of picture. This image was a make-do with 100,000 stars in the galaxy. A fog cloud helps fill out the swirl of stars. The stars in the spirals are randomly positioned, and then shuffled out between one of the three arms of the spiral.

The comet in the foreground is an application of the same type of fog cloud. It’s actually two, one for the bright nucleus, and one for the tail. A cone with a rounded tip trims the front edge.

The field of stars in the background is a very dark granite texture. Having tried earlier to produce this effect with individual stars, it again was too much for my computer. Even this kind of background would take several gigabytes of memory, which I don’t have. Looks good to me.

4 Responses to “Galaxy”

  1. Gwen Says:

    I like it too! Great job, your creativity amazes me! :)

  2. someguy Says:

    very nice work- what software did you use to create it, by the way? Hehe it beats the snot out of anything I have managed to create so far.

  3. Andrew Says:

    It’s all done in POV-Ray. It’s a free download. Takes a little while to learn, but the help files have a good tutorial.

  4. someguy Says:

    I have it downloaded!