This is the first of what I hope will be many southwestern theme
astronomical paintings. I decided to imagine what comet Hyakutake
might look like as it approached perihelion in the evening twilight
from the San Xavier Mission in Tucson Arizona, not far from my
house. Since this painting was executed before the date depicted,
I used an optomistic imagination to depict the comet which unfortunately
did not get anywhere near this bright.
This painting was made between March 30 and April 5, 1996,
and is acrylic on an 20 by 24 inch canvas board.
Featured in Comets: Creators and Destroyers
by David H. Levy, 1998
Last update: November 18, 1998