Halley’s Comet Comparison

Halley’s comet is a rather large rock that periodically comes into view every 87 years. The nucleus of the comet has been orbiting the sun for billions of years and every so often, the comet draws the attention of the world as a rather large plume of ice and sand particle-sized dust pieces break from the nucleus and drift off into space. It has captured the attention of our ancestors for millennia and will continue to in the distant future.

Most people have no idea just how big things are in the solar system. Science magazines and textbooks have done a poor job of depicting space and time as publishers are forced to depict large within print and digital media.

One of the problems illustrators face when illustrating the comet in out space is capturing a sense of scale. Most science text books and even NASA often depict the comet drifting in space amongst the stars. Some artists attempt to provide a sense of scale by having a probe in the foreground at the announcement of a new mission. The optical illusion often leaves most of us confused as to just how large these objects are.

This Illustration helps the viewer gain new perspective as to just how large these are in proportion to a recognizable object, a skyscraper. The illustration ensures a direct focus on the comparison by stripping away information that tends to decorate the scene. No need for stars, planetary nebula, or probes that would complicate the illustration. The direct purpose of the illustration is to give students a sense of scale and a photorealistic representation of the comet as compared to a rather large manmade object.

This illustration was created for XplorePaks in the summer of 2016 as a concept asset to help middle school students understand the actual size of celestial objects. The illustration was shared on Facebook posts over 120,000 times in just 30 days and remains one of our showpieces we use to demonstrate our proficiency in Instructional Design.

  • Client XplorePaks LLC.
  • Date August 4, 2016
  • Tags Illustration

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