Essentially the same as ?Blue Planet?. The stars were generated with Bryce and blended into the starless pic with PS. Because of the lens doing the planet, rendering a mask was not possible. There was a lot of handywork with PS to put on the stars, otherwise it is still 100% Bryce. Now the stars don't look as if seen from the restaurant at the end of the universe anymore.
I do like this pic, think maybe there will soon be enough content to have a dedicated space section on the site? You asked some questions. The whispy clouds I believe you were refering to those were made with a variation of the azathoth plasma material and the purple glow was done by setting the atmosphere colour to 10 7 0 respectively in the sky lab and putting in 70% of white haze into the sky setting. This pic is looking good - but the stars still seem a little flat - so I'll say 4 for now and await further developments ;oP