Done using Blender and the GIMP.
What would the sky look like if the Moon was replaced by Jupiter? Inspired by the work of Ron Miller, I thought I'd try this myself.
Used Blender to model a mini planetary system with the Earth and Jupiter scaled proportionately, and Jupiter placed at the same point the moon occupies. A 50mm camera is then placed on the Earth's surface pointing towards Jupiter, to simulate the likely size it would appear in the sky.
I think if we were actually that close, things would be a bit less 'life-friendly'. I suspect the surf would end up a bit like it was on the water-planet in the film Interstellar, not the calm ripples you see here.
Used the GIMP to do the image compositing (badly - bit out of practice!)
Here's my working, teacher!
- Earth radius = 6,371 km = 1 blender unit
- Jupiter radius = 71,492 km = 11.21 blender units
- Lunar distance 363,104 km = 56.99 blender units
- Create a unit-sized (radius 1 unit) UV Sphere, call it Earth
- Duplicate earth, scale by 11.21, translate along x axis by 56.99, this is Jupiter
- UV-unwrap jupiter mesh, apply UV Texture
- Apply Subdivision surface to Jupiter to smooth it
- Plonk 50mm camera on Earth's surface, pointing to jupiter