Menacing vortex above Venus
By James Dacey
If you, like me, are going to miss out on tonight’s global meteor show because of cloud cover, then why not check out the planets instead — and from the comfort of your living room.
Experience the planets is an ongoing project for artists to create images of the solar system which bridge the gap between reality and fantasy.
“ETP breaks away from the fanciful notions of space and embraces the more challenging task of creating scenes informed by scientific hypothesis,” says Greg Martin, an artist and the project creator.
It’s a very slick website with the picture of the menacing spiral effect above the north pole of Venus being my personal favourite.
Be warned though — if you pay a visit to Mercury you can never leave! It looks like there’s still a couple of website navigational issues to iron out…