Category Archives: Planetary Stuff

Gas Giant Texture Tutorial

So here’s my much delayed tutorial for making better gas giant textures. I really did intend to get this posted by Friday, but it proved shockingly slow, with a lot of false starts and dead ends. Particularly shocking since I … Continue reading

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Not Dead

Well, I’ve gotten behind and let my post queue evaporate Over Spring Break, I drove the family down to California. It was a good vacation, but I didn’t have a chance to send any posts up the pipe. Since returning, … Continue reading

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The Planet Ksufesh(First WIP)

Ksufesh is the second of three* planets orbiting Gzietsia3741C*, the least massive of three* stars in the Gzietsia3741 system. Of the other two* stars in the system, Gzietsia3741A* is the most massive and is currently in a red giant stage. … Continue reading

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Astrographer’s Notebook – The Crystalglass Forest

This was a fairly recent note. Not everything in my notebook dates back to the twentieth century🤣. This was actually posted on December 27th of 2017, in fact. — The Crystalglass Forest — On a planet who’s interior has cooled … Continue reading

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Using GIS Tools and Data 2

Starting with what we had done by the end of the last post, I would like to continue on to doing some actual analyses using QGIS, GRASS, and my other GIS-type tools. This post has been a long time coming, … Continue reading

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Creating Attractive Satellite-style Textures

This post is going to be a short overview of a method for creating a plausibly-realistic and visually attractive satellite-view of a habitable planet. First, I run tectonics.js until I find an attractive arrangement of continental features. Or… just, you … Continue reading

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Map of the World I Rendered in Blender

So I decided to go back and make a larger version of the planet image I created previously for use as a desktop. Basically that involved just resizing an slightly recomposing the scene and rendering it. To add a bit … Continue reading

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Playing With Blender Cycles

This is just a little something to fill in over our trip. A successful render with Blender Cycles. Musgrave Hetero Terrain noise(cycles nodes), bumpmapped diffuse shader above sealevel and a fairly simple glossy shader below sealevel. All with a hypsometric … Continue reading

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Clouds and more Voronoi

So I’ve experimented a bit more with planetGenesis. This time, my main focus has been on another bugaboo of mine after craters: cloud cover. I am very much liking the swirly weather-like effects I have attained so far. Not to … Continue reading

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More Noise Generation

So after a bit of research trying to figure out how to do some things with OSL on Blender, I figured out a few things which may prove to be of use with some other apps. As much as I’d … Continue reading

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