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Saturn From Enceladus by Regulus36 Saturn From Enceladus by Regulus36
This is a collaboration between myself and the very talented Fahad Sulehria of Nova Celestia [link] It was actually completed a while ago, but for reasons I won't bore you with, it took a long time to be ready to post :D

This image shows the cryovolcanism near the South Pole of Enceladus, the 6th largest moon of Saturn, and one of the few moons on which active eruptions of any kind have been witnessed. Enceladus is one of the best possibilities for life in our Solar System, based on the presence of salt water ice, which commonly only occurs in large bodies of water; it is thought that it may harbor a large underground ocean, possibly similar to Europa. Enceladus is also believed to contribute material to Saturn's E-ring by blasting water ice and debris from fractures where the crust is thinner. These fractures are significantly warmer than their surroundings on the South Pole, and they occur in roughly parallel lines, leading to their nickname, "Tiger Stripes'

Wikipedia has a wonderful page with a lot of info on Enceladus and the cryovolcanism [link]
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alwahdany Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
vier vier vier nice I like this design
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks man!
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AZNcelly Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Wonderful. I do love the geiser effects. Great job!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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AZNcelly Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Interface Designer
No prob. :)
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IsthmusLine Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Great job on those vents!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Smattila Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011   General Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks bud! :)
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DannyGordon20 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011   Filmographer
Excellent work Brian
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks man, I learned so much about TG2 doing this one
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volcomman1 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you guys nailed it!
very nice work
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks Simon! :D
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lovely merger of science and art. Nice work!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I appreciate that - thanks! :)
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, the wikipedia page is really good, as good as your picture actually =P
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
:lol: it is pretty darn interesting isn't it
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very =D =D =D
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harmoniace Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is some excellent art, I must say:) Great job on it all!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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harmoniace Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
np! :D
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student General Artist
I think this needs more detail, but hay, I like it. It's different.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
We didn't want to get into adding stuff like spaceships or nebulae, we wanted this one to be pure realism ... like what Cassini might have seen when it flew by, only a little more dramatic looking ;)
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh I see. fair enough, you did a great job.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool and extraordinary scene. Great job!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! glad you like it :)
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
:bow:
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DarinK Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is nice, it's a very realistic depiction of Enceladus. Awesome work both of you!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! realism was a major goal for this one :nod:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only learned about Enceladus last year I think :slow: well being so small, it's practically a nobody in the Solar System, its ice geysers being the only thing that adds any interest :XD: I think life on it is a long stretch, Europa maybe since its big enough to probably be warm inside, and thick enough to shield sea life from outside radiation. Enceladus I imagine would probably be cold to the core and much less radiation-resistant :dead:

Great work, it looks very realistic 8-)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) I thought life there was a stretch myself, until I read about the salt water ice, it was really a surprise to find it I guess. I think Enceladus is close enough to Saturn to get a lot of tidal heating, giving it at least a somewhat warm core ... enough to cause the crust to get a little bit of tectonics (there are almost no craters on the southern hemisphere) Radiation might be a problem, but then again, there's bacteria that live in nuke reactors :o
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Superlative image. A concise yet informative descriptor.

Regards,
Michael C. Turner
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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shayhurs Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Nicely done!!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Nice.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks bud!
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
YW!
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very well done. I love the attention to realism with this.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconjkelly26:
JKelly26 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
great piece buddy!!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it!
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esk6a Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wao...This looks very realistic. The surface of the moon immediately caught my eyes. Great work!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
We spent SO much time trying to get the surface right in, I think it paid off :nod:
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is excellent "space art"! :clap: A wonder depiction of Enceladus and its ice volcanos with Saturn. Stunning and inspirational. Definitely going on my desktop.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I like to mix a little science with my art sometimes, ya know ;)
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