Near Miss by ArtByDrew

*A message sent from skies above
A message meant to humble
To tell us all, take time to love
Find peace and not to grumble

Next message sent may be the last
The cosmos has for us
So live each day, forget the past
Don’t sweat small stuff and fuss

This message sent by cosmos host
Was meant for all to hear
To take each day and make the most
Before we disappear*

This artwork was inspired by our very near miss with an asteroid on Monday, March 2, 2009. The asteroid – named 2009 DD45 – passed Earth early Monday 48,800 miles above Tahiti. That is just twice as high as the orbits of some telecommunications satellites and about a fifth of the distance to the Moon. It measured between 69 feet and 154 feet across, about as big as the one that crashed near Tunguska, Siberia, in 1908 and leveled 830 square miles of forest. That’s a 32-mile wide circle.

If the asteroid would have hit, it is estimated that it would have been 1,000 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima… and this is just a very small asteroid sent by the cosmos with very little warning to humble us all. Yet, just five days have passed it has pretty much been forgotten.

Of the known asteroids, the next time one will get this close to Earth will be in 2029 when an 885-foot asteroid called 99942 Apophis comes within 20,000 miles. If that hits the earth it will be an extinction event comparable to the asteroid that caused the dinosaurs to go extinct.

We may not be so lucky the next time around, and it could very well be another unknown asteroid besides Apophis. So remember the message that was just sent to us on Monday, and that is to live each day to the fullest, as there are never any guarantees in life, and we could all very well be gone tomorrow.

This is quite a multi-media artwork. The asteroid in the artwork is eight seperate fractals that I programmed, merged, and rendered in POV-Ray. The asteroid trail was created in Photoshop. The source image of the International Space Station and the Earth is a public domain image from NASA available at the link that I have provided below.

STS-105 Shuttle Mission Imagery

The asteroid was scaled to approximate it’s actual size, against the size of the International Space Station. This was done to give the viewer a scope of the size in relation to it’s destructive power estimated in the second paragraph above. The many components of the artwork were then composited together in Photoshop. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a few detail cutaways below. The cutaways are at 33% of the full-size artwork.

I am an artist, a photographer, a writer, a musician, a composer, a craftsman, a designer, and a programmer. I have been recognized for various works in all of these areas over the last half century.

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  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsabout 6 years ago

    Interesting information and neat work

  • Thank you so much, Thea!

    – ArtByDrew

  • drjones
    drjonesabout 6 years ago

    This is awesome

  • Thank you so much, Dr. Jones!

    – ArtByDrew

  • mardiez
    mardiezabout 6 years ago

    Hi Drew,
    I heard about this !
    So relevant !
    Great Art and written work.
    Peace and Blessed Be.

  • Thank you so much, Mardiez! Peace and blessings back at you :)

    – ArtByDrew

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenabout 6 years ago

    Well done.
    Great image and comments.

  • Thank you so much, John!

    – ArtByDrew

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97about 6 years ago

    Very well done in image and text.

  • Thank you so much, Debbie!

    – ArtByDrew

  • EbelArt
    EbelArtabout 6 years ago

    Great work !

  • Thank you so much, Craig!

    – ArtByDrew

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoabout 6 years ago

    Enjoyable piece of art work.

  • Thank you so much, Anne! It’s enjoyable only because it missed! LOL

    – ArtByDrew

  • KcranmerArt
    KcranmerArtabout 6 years ago

    You never stop amazing me Drew…this is literally outta this world!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much, Kellie!! I love being able to amaze you! ;)

    – ArtByDrew

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