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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
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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
 photo 599668_426735877371595_1537640177_n.jpg
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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