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R136a1 by Alpha-Element R136a1 by Alpha-Element


:bulletred:UPDATE 26/07/13:bulletred:

made the star brighter


hello again.:) this is definately something different from my usual works. its the first time i'm doing a star, and a special star that is. its the most massive star discovered to date. did this today in about 5 hours of photoshop cs5. as a first time, i'm pleased with the way this came out.:) i apologise though for the low quality of the star itself.:(

:bulletred:i recommend downloadng to see all detail.:bulletred:

so enjoy the image! and remember that comments and critques and favs are welcome and appreciated!:)



:bulletblue:constellation: ................... Dorado
:bulletblue:location: .......................... R136 Super Star Cluster, Tarantula Nebula, Large Magellanic Cloud
:bulletblue:distance from earth: .......... 165,000 ly
:bulletblue:star's name: ..................... R136a1
:bulletblue:star's type: ....................... WN5h
:bulletblue:star's mass: ......................265.0 solar masses
:bulletblue:star's radius: .....................35.4 solar radii
:bulletblue:star's luminosity: ............... 8,700,000 solar luminosities
:bulletblue:star's surface temp.: .......... 53,000 Kelvin
:bulletblue:apparent magnitude: ......... 12.77
:bulletblue:star's age: ......................... unknown


R136a1 is the most massive and most luminous star discovered to date. weighing in at a wopping 265 solar masses and having a luminosity 8.7 million times that of the sun, it pushes us to rework our models of stellar formation and evolution. it is located in the R136 super star cluster in the tarantula nebula, located in the large magellanic cloud, which is a satelite galaxy of our own milky way galaxy.
stars this large are said to not form by the conventional process of star formation, but by themerging of multiple stars to form one larger one. this star is classified as a super-luminous hyper-giant star, and when stars this large die, they go out with a bang, a very big one that is. the explosion is so massive that they are not called super novae, but instead hyper hovae.
all in all, this is a massive star, but for all we know, they may be even more massive stars out there, waiting to be discovered.


many thanks to:

:iconkeepwalking07: for the star tutorial.

:iconluminya: for the nebula and star brushes.




:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:This Artwork is 2013 Alpha-Element. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Let me just say that this is awesome. You're space art is absolutely beautiful and this is no exception. These pictures always try, and succeed (in my opinion) to capture the awesome beauty and wonder of the universe and of our very own galaxy.

As a personal science statement, as I love cosmology and astronomy, I was confused by your description at the mention "largest star known so far." NML Cygni currently holds that title at 1'650 solar masses, but then I saw that you elaborated that this was "the most luminous star known so far," which I had no idea.

As an artist perspective, the vision you tried to portray: the greatness and wonder of one of the most powerful engines in the universe, was spot on. The only problem I have with it is that I wish you'd make it brighter and immense. Even when it's the dominant object in the entire picture, it doesn't seem ... dominant enough. That's only a half star lost from me though through vision and impact. Even with this problem, the art is still absolutely wonderful.

For the rest, the beauty and glory of space is clearly advertised and for that, I give the full five stars for originality and technique.

In summery: I absolutely love this piece. I hope you make more like it in the future.
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I believe I was the one who requested that you create this absolutely mind-blowing titan of the universe. Truly remarkable the way you designed it. You even managed to throw in, what looks like, a2 or a3 on the right side of the image which are huge in size, bigger than Jupiter, and you pulled off the scale. The exact size of this scaled creation is quite exact.

For what is dubbed the most Luminous star in the known universe, you managed to pull off a bright creation of the star. It is a blue-flame colour, as you've portrayed. You also managed to pull off a few solar flares, and I love the semi-loop towards the top left of the R in R136a1.

It is hard to get the entirety of the galaxy in such a piece. This is what the galaxy looks like around R136a1: R136. I kind of expected the deep space background to have a bit more, but I can only imagine how hard it must be to add it into a scaled piece of art.

I searched up other R136a1 deviations, and yours is by far the most creative and original. Good work, and look forward to seeing some more of your own ideas of super-stars like R136a1. Your creative mind is endless!
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Cadaversky Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014   General Artist
Great colors!
Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!:)
Izhorian25 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome <3 I'm in love with this star
Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, i'm glad you like it!:D
4444kenny4444 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
asome Oops! 
Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!:D
MishuPascal Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Awesome image, man!!! :D May I use this image as desktop wallpaper, please? Meow :3 
Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, glad you like it!:D i made a wallpaper pack of this image already, just follow the link -------->
MishuPascal Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Thanks, man. :D
Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome!:)
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