Lynette Cook, Scientific Illustrator: Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe: Art & Science

Painting by Lynette Cook of Sudbury Impact, a prehistoric space collision in Canada
Sudbury Impact
May 3, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:30pm (ended)

Lynette Cook is an award-winning scientific illustrator, recognized by the scientific community for her artwork of extrasolar planets and other space subjects. In this program Lynette shares slides of her work and describes how she creates images that researchers find accurate and also captivate the lay person with the wonder and mystery of space.

This FREE program will be held at the Central Library in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room, Sunday, May 3rd, 2-3:30 pm.  

Lynette Cook has worked with researchers and science educators at the forefront of scientific discoveries. Among them is Dr. Geoff Marcy, an astrophysicist who, with his collaborators, has discovered hundreds of extrasolar planets. This has resulted in worldwide publication of Cook’s space images in books, periodicals, documentaries, press releases, and web sites published/produced by Astronomy, BBC Television, CNN, The Discovery Channel, Japan Public Television, NASA, Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, Time, UCLA, and US News & World Report (a partial list). Cook also has been featured on ABC7 News (KGO) and in USA Today.

Lynette Cook held the position of Artist/Photographer at the Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, for 16 years.

Nearly 70 of her illustrations are featured in the book, Infinite Worlds: An Illustrated Voyage to Planets Beyond Our Sun, co-authored with Ray Villard. She has also illustrated a children's book, Faraway worlds : planets beyond our solar system, by Paul Halpern.

More of Lynette Cook's work may be found at her websites: and

Featured images above:

Sudbury Impact - About 1.8 billion years ago a huge object from space crashed into a calm sea at what is now Sudbury in Ontario, Canada. The impact displaced more than 6500 cubic miles of debris which scattered over nearly 1 million square miles.

The 47 Ursae Majoris System -  (This  painting was featured at the NASA website.) Two Jupiter-like planets orbit the star 47 Ursae Majoris. They have nearly the same mass ratio as our own Jupiter and Saturn and travel in nearly circular orbits at distances far beyond the distance that Mars orbits our Sun. At one time theorists suspected that low mass, Earth-like planets might exist around 47 Ursae Majoris in its habitable zone. More recent study casts doubt on such a possibility. This view is from an imagined satellite of the outermost planet. Two other planets are shown also: the confirmed inner planet and an imagined (but undetected) pale blue dot close to the star—a possible "water world."

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