The term “brown dwarf” doesn’t sound all that evocative but they are fascinating celestial objects. Much larger than planets but not big enough for full stellar fusion. They are thought to fuse deuterium through which they shine with their own dim light. The rings here are lit primarily by the planet itself, which is a first for me.
I actually started this project in Blender as a learning exercise but I already have a pretty good gas planet workflow in Lightwave so I went back to that for this one. I do plan on migrating more of my non-Vue rendering to Blender and other programs because the future of LW is uncertain.