A painting by Jim Thompson
Gouache and watercolor on artboard
In the vast regions around the Andromeda galaxy, one might encounter this surprising alignment of planets, as seen here from orbit high above the planet in the foreground. This long vista stretches far beyond into what may be part of Andromeda's spiral arms of stars and nebulae. Andromeda, being very similar in shape and size to our own Milky Way galaxy, may harbor every bit as much possibility for the emergence of life. There is the diffused glow of hot stars buried in gaseous halos, celestial clouds of dust and matter. The planet below is also in the early stages of evolution and is mostly covered by a warm sea from which escapes a constant mantle of haze and vapor. The long perspective that looks down the line of planets and dramatizes the distance between them from the position of the viewer, is much like a corridor or gallery of planetary wonders.
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