The illustrator Ron Miller has produced a series of mesmerising images of the Sun, as seen from each planet in our solar system.
The artist is renowned for his work on visualising the dark, unknown and undiscovered areas in space. Miller has tried to retain the originality in his renderings.
“I’ve taken care in not only making sure the Sun is depicted realistically, but also the surfaces of the planets and satellites as well.”
The images are interesting given the fact that the according to the laws of Physics, the glare of the sun is proportional to the square of the relative distance from the star. Thus, in spite of being the farthest from the sun (nearly 7.5 billion kilometres away), the dwarf planet Pluto’s view of the Sun is quite bright. As Miller puts it:
“While the Sun is smaller, it is still an immensely brilliant source of light. The light levels on the surfaces around you [on Pluto] would be dusk-like, but the sun itself would still be a very bright object – just a small one.”
1. Mercury ( 58 million kilometres from Sun)
2. Venus ( 108 million kilometres from Sun)
3. Earth ( 150 million kilometres from Sun)
4. Mars (228 million kilometres from Sun)
5. Jupiter ( 779 million kilometres from Sun)
6. Saturn ( 1.43 billion kilometres from Sun)
7. Uranus ( 2.88 billion kilometres from Sun)
8. Neptune ( 4.5 billion kilometres from Sun)
9. Pluto ( 5.91 billion kilometres from Sun)
Even as the brightness of the sun decreases as you move away from it, the incredible light of the star, as seen from the Pluto is a reminder of the immense thermonuclear reactions continuously going on the local star of our solar system.