The Asteroid Apocalypse Art of Don Davis

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According to NASA, an asteroid about half the size of a football field and with a mass of about 130 metric tons “will pass very close to Earth on February 15, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites.” In fact, this will mark “the closest ever predicted Earth approach for an object this large.”

The asteroid is called 2012 DA14 (I prefer EARTHSHAKER!, but those damn scientists are so set in their elitist classification systems), and it was discovered by the La Sagra Sky Survey in Spain last February.

So, in honor of 2012 DA14, I give you these righteous paintings of extinction-level impacts from the eminent space artist, Don Davis.

5 Responses to “The Asteroid Apocalypse Art of Don Davis”

  1. 1 leftylimbo February 11, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Back in ’98 I remember some scientists predicting a very large asteroid was to come really close to—and possibly collide with—our big blue marble. I found an article from the NY Times here. The story made some rounds on the news, etc. and I became somewhat obsessed with the the idea that 2028 could very well be our armageddon. I even wanted to make t-shirts with a future-retro looking family (adorned with bubble helmets) pointing at an impacting asteroid on the far horizon, with the words “I Can’t Wait ‘Til ’28!”

    The hype’s long since disappeared, but who knows?

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