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The End of the World Might Just Look Like This
Smithsonian 'blogs ^ | July 18, 2013 | Megan Gambino

Posted on 07/20/2013 10:23:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

In the past few decades, Miller has written and illustrated more than 50 books, his latest being Is the End of the World Near? From Crackpot Predictions to Scientific Scenarios. His artwork has been featured in numerous magazines, including Air & Space, Scientific American, National Geographic and Discover, and he has dabbled in film, as a production illustrator for Dune (1984) and Total Recall (1990).

About 10 years ago, Miller picked up digital art. “I resisted digital for a long time. I thought it would look generic,” he says. “I did a few and showed them to my friends who said, ‘Oh, these look just like Ron Miller paintings.’ That’s all it took to sell me on it.” The artist, who hails from South Boston, Virginia, now composes most of his images in Photoshop. “This way I can do higher quality work in a much quicker time. I could do a piece of artwork that would take me a week to paint in a day,” he adds.

Recently, Miller released a series of images that shows what our skyline would look like if other planets were as close as the moon is to Earth. He has also created a compelling series depicting the apocalypse. While some of the end-of-the-world scenarios are pure fantasy, most are actually scientifically plausible.

“Sometimes it takes longer to research things than it takes to actually do the picture,” says Miller. He consults with scientists and other sources, so that his illustrations of rising seas, asteroids, gamma ray bursts and black holes are accurate. “I try to get things right,” he stressed.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.smithsonianmag.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism
Artist Ron Miller illustrates what it might look like if an asteroid the size of the one that struck the Yucatan peninsula 65 million years ago, which left a 93-mile-wide crater and most likely triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs, hit New Jersey.

Artist Ron Miller illustrates what it might look like if an asteroid the size of the one that struck the Yucatan peninsula 65 million years ago, which left a 93-mile-wide crater and most likely triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs, hit New Jersey.

1 posted on 07/20/2013 10:23:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...



2 posted on 07/20/2013 10:24:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Poor Bayonne ...


3 posted on 07/20/2013 10:25:55 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: SunkenCiv

I may be off base here, but it appears that for the shock wave to eject material that high into the stratosphere, the shockwave would already have obliterated the city in the foreground.


4 posted on 07/20/2013 10:28:22 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: SunkenCiv

>>Artist Ron Miller illustrates what it might look like if an asteroid the size of the one that struck the Yucatan peninsula 65 million years ago, which left a 93-mile-wide crater and most likely triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs, hit New Jersey.

And that’s not the explosion from the asteroid. That’s just the hairspray cans blowing up!


5 posted on 07/20/2013 10:28:58 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SunkenCiv
The end look like this:

6 posted on 07/20/2013 10:29:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Got me! I thought is would be a picture of Obama.


7 posted on 07/20/2013 10:29:52 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: BenLurkin

8 posted on 07/20/2013 10:31:04 AM PDT by humblegunner (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: BenLurkin

Oh, yes it WILL!

:o])


9 posted on 07/20/2013 10:32:11 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Don't read the next sentence. You little rebel. I like you.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Hi.

Some good deer and turkey hunting around S. Boston, Va.

5.56mm

10 posted on 07/20/2013 10:33:38 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: BenLurkin
Good afternoon.

The end look like this:

It could, although methinks this time He and the angels will be swinging sickles.

5.56mm

11 posted on 07/20/2013 10:36:46 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: MHGinTN

The EMP would start the damage; also anything flammable exposed to the flash would ignite.

Even the 100 meter object that produced the Meteor Crater in Arizona (the author uses a representation of that crater in another impact work in the original article), if it bullseyed a city, would leave just a 3/4 mile crater, but would knock down everything for many miles, cause direct damage beyond that, and ejecta would cause damage for miles beyond that.


12 posted on 07/20/2013 10:42:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Nope - More like this.

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13 posted on 07/20/2013 10:44:43 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.ovff.org/pegasus/songs/falling-down-on-new-jersey.html


14 posted on 07/20/2013 10:44:47 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: MHGinTN

patience, patience, patience.....

It will be just a few more milliseconds. The city and the observer will be no more


15 posted on 07/20/2013 10:45:20 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: SunkenCiv

Just imagine no Democrats...


16 posted on 07/20/2013 10:45:25 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: SunkenCiv

An asteroid smashes into New Jersey and causes trillions of dollars in improvements


17 posted on 07/20/2013 10:47:40 AM PDT by LSUfan
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To: SunkenCiv

Wayne: What is it in some people that they want to depict the earth (and us along with it) going through hopeless, apocalyptic destruction?

I know that we are headed toward a Biblical apocalypse followed by the creation of a new heaven and new earth, but these scenarios seem to either be: 1) complete destruction, followed by a pristine earth no longer enduring horrible mankind, or, 2) we get a “semi-apocalyptic” destruction of earth and mankind followed by mankind finally getting the “truth” that we are just an evolutionary blip in the context of Mother Nature, so we’d better get in tune with her or we’re toast next time. Garth?

Garth: I think it’s just some cool pictures of crap blowing up.


18 posted on 07/20/2013 10:51:28 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s like, a half of a half of a nanosecond after impact. The impact plume will easily stretch outside the atmosphere.


19 posted on 07/20/2013 10:51:55 AM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: Hardraade

I smile every time I do.


20 posted on 07/20/2013 10:58:41 AM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: BenLurkin

Depending upon how many survive the Great Tribulation. There won’t be many. The Remnant of Israel will survive completely intact. Guaranteed.


21 posted on 07/20/2013 11:00:01 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: SunkenCiv
 photo nuclear_zps4b8a95f6.jpg Nut job is gone but they'll keep at it.
22 posted on 07/20/2013 11:02:36 AM PDT by RetSignman (Standing my ground against group think.)
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To: SkyDancer
I'd venture a guess that that is something traveling close to the speed of light, to be able to go through the planet.
23 posted on 07/20/2013 11:14:28 AM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: BenLurkin
Sadly, not for all of us...today.

But, it could be!

Not too late...but it will be.

24 posted on 07/20/2013 11:25:45 AM PDT by GBA (Our obamanation: Romans 1:18-32)
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To: wastedyears

Right -highly conjectural - but a cool pix nonetheless ...


25 posted on 07/20/2013 11:27:34 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Kartographer

What the “end looks like” Ping.


26 posted on 07/20/2013 11:30:37 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: SkyDancer

Scratch New Zealand and Australia off my trip list...


27 posted on 07/20/2013 11:33:18 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Greetings from Asbury Park.


28 posted on 07/20/2013 11:48:23 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: LSUfan

LOL!


29 posted on 07/20/2013 11:49:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

....and I feel fine.


30 posted on 07/20/2013 11:50:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv

31 posted on 07/20/2013 11:58:00 AM PDT by bigheadfred (IBTZ)
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To: carriage_hill
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32 posted on 07/20/2013 12:10:49 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer

Can I borrow your pen when you’re finished? I have to get off a couple of postcards... heh.


33 posted on 07/20/2013 12:25:30 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Pretty nifty artwork


34 posted on 07/20/2013 12:27:32 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Telling the truth about RINOS, PAULTARDS, Liberals and Muslims has become hate speech)
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To: rusty schucklefurd

“Garth: I think it’s just some cool pictures of crap blowing up.”

Heavy duty wisdom there. ;-)


35 posted on 07/20/2013 2:40:12 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: carriage_hill; SkyDancer
I have to get off a couple of postcards.

i think you want the postmortemcards

36 posted on 07/20/2013 7:59:44 PM PDT by bigheadfred (IBTZ)
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To: SkyDancer

It’s pretty cool, but scares the crap out of me.


37 posted on 07/20/2013 9:07:07 PM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: BenLurkin

I think the incense from heaven may look similiar to the picture in post 1.


38 posted on 07/20/2013 9:10:23 PM PDT by rabidralph (Gray State Movie)
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