Michael Benson: The art of Otherworlds

Otherworlds artist Michael Benson explores the 'alchemy' he uses to transform space agency data into true-colour images of our solar system.

Michael Benson's images combine art and science to explore the beauty of our solar system. 

To create his images, Benson trawls through the archives of NASA and the European Space Agency, searching for 'aesthetic discoveries' in the same data analysed by scientists for their research.

Through a process he compares to the alchemy of a darkroom, the black-and-white source images are transformed into a seamless true-colour photograph - as close as possible to what the human eye would see.

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