Dancing With Fate / 2012
Original $1,500 / Acrylic on canvas 16" x 16" / Prints available. Featured on NASA Ames Research Center website / Kepler Mission. Description: I watched the 2012 Venus transit, live, online, streaming from Griffith Observatory. Just the mere fact that I could witness a rare astronomical event live, online (!), made this a particularly interesting transit. To further that exhilaration, as I watched Venus' silhouette glide slowly in front of the sun, it occurred to me that an opportunity to witness an exoplanet transiting its host star would be very similar. And so, I used the Venus transit to transport my imagination beyond our solar system to an unfamiliar star system where a small rocky planet orbiting too close to its host star, ensuring its ultimate fate of annihilation. © Copyright 2012 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use.