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Iron Dart (Illustrated) is now available

I created a spaceship with a very violet cast to it for the cover of the Iron Dart (illustrated) book, and I needed a starscape that it could "pop" against. I checked the Wikipedia age on complimentary colors, and it advised a background of yellow.

This is based on a traditional color star developed in 1867 by Charles Blanc, in which the traditional complementary colors used by 19th-century artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Renoir are directly opposite each other. And, if it is good enough for Monet, it's good enough for me.

So I searched for a yellow starscape, and I found a beautiful NASA image of Orion's Head. It's from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and it shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. The page I found the image on says that astronomers suspect that shockwaves from a supernova explosion in Orion's head nearly three million years ago may have initiated this newfound cycle of star birth.


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