I've known Dan Durda since college. We went to Michigan together, studying astronomy. He wound up getting into asteroids and exoplanets, and may yet be part of a team that will save the Earth from an impact. A few years back, he started dabbling in art, and discovered he was good at it. In fact, I'd say he's really good at it. His stuff has graced magazine covers and articles, and even this blog (see the Related posts section below).
See what I mean? His stuff is crazy beautiful. And now you can own it. He's created his own CafePress store where he's got some of his work as prints. You can also get a 2012 calendar (yes, it goes all the way through December; Dan and I are both real astronomers) called "All These Worlds...", with some breathtaking artwork. He also has a gallery of his work online you should check out simply because it's fantastic. Through Dan I've met quite a few space artists, people whose work I have respected for many years. And they all get this look in their eye when they talk about Dan; they're impressed by him. OK, enough gushing. Go take a look, and enjoy. I'm pretty sure you will.
Related posts: - The Beauty of Space - Motherlode of potential planets found: more than 1200 alien worlds! - Hungry Hungry Asteroid - The galaxy may swarm with billions of wandering planets (maybe my favorite drawing by Dan)