On July 14, 2015
The spacecraft New Horizons reaches Pluto
To celebrate New Horizons’ historic flyby of Pluto at the edge of our planetary system, Pluto along with 3 other prints from the series Four Worlds of our Solar System are being offered at a reduced price.
through September 31, 2015
Limited Editon of Premium Archival Prints, signed by the Artists
Small: 16.5” x 13” $150.00 (regularly $300.00)
Medium: 20.5” x 16” $200.00 (regularly $400.00)
Medium Large: 28.5" x 22" $400.00 (regularly $ 800.00)
Large: 43.5” x 33” $900.00 (regulary $1,800.00)
by Adolf Schaller and Donna Tracy
at Griffith Observatory in the Gunther Depths of Space Exhibit
The forbiddingly cold and remote wonderland of Pluto, as conceived by the distinguished astronomical artist Adolf Schaller in collaboration with Donna Tracy of OmniCosm Studios, is available as a limited edition premium archival print personally signed by the artists.
Pluto: Gateway to the Galaxy is one of four planetary landscapes from the series, Four Worlds of the Solar System, on permanent display at the Griffith Observatory in the Gunther Depths of Space Exhibit. Others in the series include Mercury: The Boulder Run, Venus: Vulcan’s Playground, and Mars: Winds of the War God.
Pluto: Gateway to the Galaxy
Transport yourself in your imagination and stand with us on the surface of Pluto. Contemplate how far we have come in completing the first reconnaisance of our Solar System.
The scene above portrays the intriguing possibility of a deep-frozen world with an icy volcanic terrain created by cryovolcanic activity. We are perched on the edge of an ancient gully draining from a cryocaldera, a volcanic basin filled with a frozen lake of water, methane and nitrogen ices that have erupted from the dwarf planet's interior.
Planetary geologists conjecture that cryovolcanism and tectonic activity may have occurred episodically over the course of Pluto’s history as a result of gentle but persistent tidal forces that generated friction and heat because of interaction with its large moon Charon, seen floating over the horizon. The volatile molten lava is composed of methane, water and ammonia, rather than the rock and metal of earth’s lava.
The dwarf planet Pluto is the innermost and largest known member of the vast Kuiper Belt consisting of thousands of icy objects engirdling the bitterly cold outskirts of our planetary system, the threshold to interstellar space.