Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 became the focus of much attention in July 1994 as it hurtled along a collision course for Jupiter.
"This is one of those instances when the accuracy of a painting can go out the window overnight. We all sort of knew what the comet looked like, but not what would follow. I played safe as in many of my fictional paintings and showed the moment just before the action takes place. Oddly, I seem to be the only artist who picked a point of view on the comet as it was diintegrating under gravitational forces, and its gaseous transformation just starting. This afforded me the chance to have a lot of fun with colours and lighting effects."
This picture has been reproduced in various forms in the US and Europe.
Taken from the Art Book, Alien Horizons, compiling the best art of Bob Eggleton.
25 x 12 in (63 x 30 cm)