Our solar system is unique, and punctuated with diverse worlds, each massively different from each other. However, none of these would exist without our star, which governs all the mechanics of the system. If we are used to seeing the sun every day -or almost -from our planet, it is interesting to ask ourselves what it would look like from other planets.
A series of visualisations of the sun, created by artist and illustrator Ron Miller, now allows us to do just that. Miller spent over 40 years illustrating obscure kingdoms in space, both near and far, dreaming up highly realistic representations of the sun, seen from these other worlds. “I’ve taken care in not only making sure the Sun is depicted realistically”, he said, “but also the surfaces of the planets and satellites as well.”
Despite the fact that Pluto (yes, it’s included) is 7.5 billion kilometers from the Earth at its most distant point, the sun still appears particularly brilliant even from there. “The light levels on the surfaces around you [on Pluto] would be dusk-like, but the sun itself would still be a very bright object – just a small one.” The fact that even on Pluto our sun is so bright is a remarkable testimony to the power of our nearest thermonuclear stellar furnace.
Mercury, 58 million kms from the sun
Venus, 108 million kms from the sun. Its atmosphere is thick, suffocating and rich in carbon dioxide.
The sun from Earth, at around 150 million kilometers away.
The sun from the red planet, Mars, from a distance of 228 million kms.
Jupiter, seen from its moon Europe, with the sun in the background 779 million kilometers away.
The sun from Saturn, 1.43 billion kilometers away
The sun, seen from one of the moons of Uranus, 2.88 billion kilometers away
Neptune (seen from the Triton moon), which is 4.5 billion kilometers from the sun. Cryovolcanic geysers cover the horizon.
And finally the dwarf planet Pluto, 5.91 billion kilometers from the sun.