Hot Jupiter: Planetary Icarus

Based on Kelt-9b, this gas giant sits in a 36-hour polar orbit of its blue star and has itself become hotter than some lower-mass stars – hot enough that even atomic neutral and ionized iron and ionized titanium can be found in the atmosphere. Bloated from the heat, a comet-like stream of material escapes the planet, stripped away by the winds of it’s primary. I wanted to capture roughly a visible-light image, and decided the best way to do that was to eclipse the star, leaving it’s corona visible but not downing out the planet and its tail.

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Jett McIntyre Furr is an artist and graphic designer from Stanly County, North Carolina. His parents named him for aviation, and since an early age has had great interest in all things aviation and space related. Jett's primary training from college is in graphic design, but he also has experience with character design, digital paintings, 3D modeling, and video editing. He has previously worked as an intern and then volunteer at PBS affiliate WTVI Charlotte, and currently is available for freelance work, having done commissions mainly for individuals and a local game company. Lately, Jett has been applying what he has learned back to his love of space, and has a particular interest in the gas giants and exoplanets, using the digital brush to explore places and ideas that people have yet to explore themselves. Career-wise, Jett is looking to get into the animation industry and design characters and backgrounds for animated shows, and he is also looking into how to do illustration or other art and design work for space-related jobs. In joining the IAAA he hopes to learn from the experiences of community members and share what he learns in turn, and to possibly open up opportunities for professional work. Though most of all, he just wants to learn new things about space and be able to discuss it with artists around the world. There's always more to learn!

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