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* ''[[Animation/TheMindsEye The Gate to the Mind's Eye]]'' shows a few different alien skies, the most prominent of which features a Saturn-like gas giant with two sets of rings that cross just above the horizon.
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*** You can build all sorts of these with ''Mystcraft'', ranging from static void skies of various colors, to mixing and matching the day's skies with different setting and rising horizon colors, to a world with multiple moons.
16th Mar '17 6:51:01 PM JoeMerl
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* Malacandra[[spoiler:, otherwise known as Mars,]] in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/SpaceTrilogy'' has giant chunks of pink coral for clouds, set in an electric blue sky. [[spoiler: It turns out the "clouds" are the Martian surface and the bulk of the story takes place in deep, narrow canals.]]
** Due to Perelandra[[spoiler:/Venus]]'s thick atmosphere, the Perelandran[[spoiler:/Venerean]] sky is solid gold during the day and pitch black at night.

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* Malacandra[[spoiler:, otherwise known as Mars,]] in In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/SpaceTrilogy'' ''Literature/SpaceTrilogy,'' Malacandra ([[spoiler:Mars]]) has giant chunks of pink coral for clouds, set in an electric blue sky. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out the "clouds" are the Martian surface and the bulk of the story takes place in deep, narrow canals.]]
canals]].
** Due to Perelandra[[spoiler:/Venus]]'s the thick atmosphere, atmosphere of Perelandra ([[spoiler:Venus]]), the Perelandran[[spoiler:/Venerean]] sky is solid gold during the day and pitch black at night.
16th Mar '17 6:47:11 PM JoeMerl
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* Similarly, in ''The Magician's Nephew'' in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', the sky of Charn is very dark even in daytime, and the children see a second, smaller star (implied to be a white dwarf) close to the red giant that is the world's primary star. When they tell [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Jadis]] about their sun she muses that they're from a "younger world."

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* Similarly, in ''The Magician's Nephew'' ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', the sky of Charn is very dark even in daytime, and the children see a second, smaller star (implied to be a white dwarf) close to the red giant that is the world's primary star. When they tell [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Jadis]] about their sun she muses that they're from a "younger world."
16th Mar '17 6:45:59 PM JoeMerl
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** Similarly, in ''The Magician's Nephew'' in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', the sky of Charn is very dark even in daytime, and the children see a second, smaller star (implied to be a white dwarf) close to the red giant that is the world's primary star.

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** * Similarly, in ''The Magician's Nephew'' in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', the sky of Charn is very dark even in daytime, and the children see a second, smaller star (implied to be a white dwarf) close to the red giant that is the world's primary star.star. When they tell [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Jadis]] about their sun she muses that they're from a "younger world."
16th Mar '17 6:42:39 PM JoeMerl
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* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' prequel ''The Andalite Chronicles'', a piece of {{Phlebotinum}} create a small universe based on the memories of the main characters. The sky is a patchwork of bright blue with fluffy clouds (Loren's memories of Earth), deep red (Elfangor's memories of the Andalite homeworld), and sickly green with lots of lightning (Esplin 9466's memories of the Yeerk homeworld, [[ContinuityDrift logic issues with that notwithstanding]]).
** In the eighth book Ax, an Andalite, looks at Earth's sky with the waning moon and thinks about how his planet has four moons, at least two of which are always visible.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' prequel ''The Andalite Chronicles'', a piece of {{Phlebotinum}} create a small universe based on the memories of the main characters. The sky is a patchwork of bright blue with fluffy clouds (Loren's memories of Earth), deep red (Elfangor's memories of the Andalite homeworld), and sickly green with lots of lightning (Esplin 9466's memories of the Yeerk homeworld, [[ContinuityDrift logic issues with despite the fact that notwithstanding]]).
he should have never been there]]).
** In the eighth book [[TokenNonHuman Ax, an Andalite, Andalite]], looks at Earth's sky with the waning moon and thinks about how his planet has four moons, at least two of which are always visible.



* According to Filipino mythology, at the beginning of creation, there were seven moons in the sky. [[spoiler: The reason why only one is left is that the ''bakunawa'', [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a massive sea serpent]], devoured the other six one by one until Bathala (the androgynous omnipotent creator of everything) punished him severely.]]
* Similarly, in Myth/ChineseMythology, there were ''ten'' suns. They took turns being the sole sun day after day, until they got fed up and rose all at once. [[spoiler: This prompted the archer Yu to shoot and kill nine of them, leaving a single sun left.]]

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* According to Filipino mythology, at the beginning of creation, there were seven moons in the sky. [[spoiler: The reason why only one is left is that the ''bakunawa'', [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a massive sea serpent]], devoured the other six one by one until Bathala (the androgynous omnipotent creator of everything) punished him severely.]]
severely.
* Similarly, in Myth/ChineseMythology, there were ''ten'' suns. They took turns being the sole sun day after day, until they got fed up and rose all at once. [[spoiler: This prompted the archer Yu to shoot and kill nine of them, leaving a single sun left.]]



* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "My Three Suns" took place, appropriately, on a planet with three suns, one of which stretched from horizon to horizon. The humans and robot had no problems functioning there, though it was Death-Valley-level hot. In the AlternateUniverse episode "The Farnsworth Parabox", the second universe has a psychedelic-colored sky. Amusingly, later in the Alternate Universe episode there's a shot of the (alternate) Earth from space, and it shows that the weird psychedelic sky is only a small patch over New New York. The rest of the planet looks normal, which indicates that it's probably Farnsworth's fault as all differences between the two universes were caused by coin-flips going one way instead of the other. That must have been some coin-flip...

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "My Three Suns" took place, appropriately, on a planet with three suns, one of which stretched from horizon to horizon. The humans and robot had no problems functioning there, though it was Death-Valley-level hot.
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In the AlternateUniverse episode "The Farnsworth Parabox", the second universe has a psychedelic-colored sky. Amusingly, later in the Alternate Universe episode there's a shot of the (alternate) Earth from space, and it shows that the weird psychedelic sky is only a small patch over New New York. The rest of the planet looks normal, which indicates that it's probably Farnsworth's fault fault, as all differences between the two universes were caused by coin-flips going one way instead of the other. That must have been some coin-flip...



* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' multi-part episode "Hereafter", Superman [[spoiler: is sent to a post-apocalyptic future Earth, where the sun is now red and the moon has a ring around it.]]
** This is later revealed to be the work of [[spoiler:Vandal Savage, as an unfortunate side effect of his invention: a machine that controlled gravity.]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''. If you're actually paying attention to the sky.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' multi-part episode "Hereafter", Superman [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is sent to a post-apocalyptic future Earth, Earth]], where the sun is now red and the moon has a ring around it.]]
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it. This is later revealed to be the work of [[spoiler:Vandal Savage, as an unfortunate side effect of his invention: a machine that controlled gravity.]]
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''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''. If you're actually paying attention to the sky, you'll notice lots of extra moons/planets in the sky.
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod "Planet of the Ood"]]: Donna is impressed by the view of a large ringed planet in the Oodsphere's sky.
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* ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' prominently features a literal version of this trope. Throughout the movie, Chicken Little repeatedly warns that 'pieces of the sky' are falling down, but no-one believes him. They're actually [[spoiler:cloaking panels falling off a fleet of alien ships,]] and in the climax, the entire evening sky is revealed to be [[spoiler:a solid artificial layer made up of cloaked alien spaceships invading the town.]] When it breaks apart, the real sky - broad daylight - shines through the artificial one.



* ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' prominently features a literal version of this trope. Throughout the movie, Chicken Little repeatedly warns that 'pieces of the sky' are falling down, but no-one believes him. They're actually [[spoiler:cloaking panels falling off a fleet of alien ships,]] and in the climax, the entire evening sky is revealed to be [[spoiler:a solid artificial layer made up of cloaked alien spaceships invading the town.]] When it breaks apart, the real sky - broad daylight - shines through the artificial one.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has Luke framed against a simple but gorgeous [[BinarySuns twin sunset]] in the first movie. It's the first shot in the film to really drive home the point that this isn't Earth, and succeeds spectacularly, despite being one of the film's simplest effects: it's just a double exposure of a real sunset. It also features the rebel base on an Earth-like moon orbiting a red gas giant.
* The 2002 remake of ''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}'' has a cracked moon and debris field circling the Earth, the product of the man-made disaster that prompted the Morlock/Eloi Earth in this version.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has Luke framed against a simple but gorgeous [[BinarySuns twin sunset]] in In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the first movie. It's gas giant Pandora orbits, and its sibling moons, are prominent in its sky -- as is, in one scene, either Alpha Centauri B or the first shot in the film to really drive home flame of an RDA starship.
* At
the point end of ''Film/CloudAtlas'', this trope appears to show that this isn't Earth, and succeeds spectacularly, despite being an aging Zachry is narrating his tale [[spoiler:from one of the film's simplest effects: it's just a double exposure of a real sunset. It also features off-world colonies long after being rescued.]]
* In ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'',
the rebel base on an Earth-like moon orbiting a red gas giant.
*
Coneheads' home planet has three moons. The 2002 remake rare event of ''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}'' has a cracked moon and debris field circling all three lining up perfectly in the Earth, night sky is commemorated as a holy day.
* In ''Film/{{Contact}}'',
the product aliens create a setting with a fantastic skyline (including a wormhole) based on the drawing Ellie drew as a child.
* ''Film/DamnationAlley'': A symptom
of the man-made disaster that prompted the Morlock/Eloi Earth in this version.recently-fought [[WorldWarIII nuclear war.]]



* ''Film/TheQuietEarth'' (see the illustration) ends with Zac on an alien world, or radically changed Earth, immediately obvious because of the weird clouds and ringed planet rising in the sky.
* The unnamed planet in ''Film/PitchBlack'' has three suns, which causes it to be constantly daytime, except once every 22 years, when there is a triple eclipse. The several other celestial bodies in the system (moons and planets, some with rings) that are responsible for the eclipse are also visually impressive.
* The world ''Film/{{Krull}}'' rotated around two suns. There were no double-shadows, we never saw the sky enough to find both suns, and there was no plot-significant reason for there being two suns. It was [[RuleOfCool just cool]].
* TheReveal in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', when the huge dome opens and Taggart finally realizes where he ''really'' is. In the theatrical showing, there is another level to this. The opening minutes, where the "clip" of Galaxy Quest is played, is in 4:3. When this ends, the aspect ratio pulls back to "standard" 1.85:1. When the doors open the ratio is again increased, this time to 2.35:1. The DVD ignores this.
* ''Film/VanillaSky''. The sky is the same milky orange with white clouds because [[spoiler:it was David's mother's favorite time of day, so his subconscious made it that color ''all the time''.]] The film also toys with the perspectives of light, as in certain scenes the sunlight illuminates the set from impossible angles.
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' (the movie) shows an alien sky on the planet Abydos with three full moons visible at the same time. This turned out to be the basis for the planet's point-of-origin symbol on the Stargate's dialling ring.



* In ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'', the Coneheads' home planet has three moons. The rare event of all three lining up perfectly in the night sky is commemorated as a holy day.

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* In ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'', TheReveal in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', when the Coneheads' home planet has three moons. huge dome opens and Taggart finally realizes where he ''really'' is. In the theatrical showing, there is another level to this. The rare event of all three lining up perfectly in opening minutes, where the night sky "clip" of Galaxy Quest is commemorated as a holy day.played, is in 4:3. When this ends, the aspect ratio pulls back to "standard" 1.85:1. When the doors open the ratio is again increased, this time to 2.35:1. The DVD ignores this.



* The "sky" in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' has an artificial quality, as it's painted/projected against the interior of an enormous dome and the moon is stationary in the same place, day or night. The "moon" is really where the mysterious director of the Truman Show resides and watches over Truman's life, and can in emergencies be used as a giant searchlight.
* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the gas giant Pandora orbits, and its sibling moons, are prominent in its sky -- as is, in one scene, either Alpha Centauri B or the drive flame of an RDA starship.
* In ''Film/{{Predators}}'', the protagonists go "we're not on Earth anymore" when at a certain point they see a sky with at least two gas giants.
* The point of origin for the ''Film/PacificRim'' kaiju seems to have a ''black hole'' for a sun.
* In ''Film/JohnCarter'', the two moons shown look very little like the actual two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.



* ''Film/DamnationAlley'': A symptom of the recently-fought [[WorldWarIII nuclear war.]]

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* ''Film/DamnationAlley'': A symptom of In ''Film/JohnCarter'', the recently-fought [[WorldWarIII nuclear war.]]two moons shown look very little like the actual two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.
* The world ''Film/{{Krull}}'' rotated around two suns. There were no double-shadows, we never saw the sky enough to find both suns, and there was no plot-significant reason for there being two suns. It was [[RuleOfCool just cool]].



* At the end of ''Film/CloudAtlas'', this trope appears to show that an aging Zachry is narrating his tale [[spoiler:from one of the off-world colonies long after being rescued.]]
* In ''Film/{{Contact}}'', the aliens create a setting with a fantastic skyline (including a wormhole) based on the drawing Ellie drew as a child.

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* At The point of origin for the end ''Film/PacificRim'' kaiju seems to have a ''black hole'' for a sun.
* The unnamed planet in ''Film/PitchBlack'' has three suns, which causes it to be constantly daytime, except once every 22 years, when there is a triple eclipse. The several other celestial bodies in the system (moons and planets, some with rings) that are responsible for the eclipse are also visually impressive.
* In ''Film/{{Predators}}'', the protagonists go "we're not on Earth anymore" when at a certain point they see a sky with at least two gas giants.
* ''Film/TheQuietEarth'' (see the illustration) ends with Zac on an alien world, or radically changed Earth, immediately obvious because
of ''Film/CloudAtlas'', the weird clouds and ringed planet rising in the sky.
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' (the movie) shows an alien sky on the planet Abydos with three full moons visible at the same time. This turned out to be the basis for the planet's point-of-origin symbol on the Stargate's dialling ring.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/ANewHope'' has Luke framed against a simple but gorgeous [[BinarySuns twin sunset]] in the first movie. It's the first shot in the film to really drive home the point that
this trope appears to show that an aging Zachry is narrating his tale [[spoiler:from isn't Earth, and succeeds spectacularly, despite being one of the off-world colonies long after being rescued.]]
* In ''Film/{{Contact}}'',
film's simplest effects: it's just a double exposure of a real sunset. It also features the aliens create rebel base on an Earth-like moon orbiting a setting red gas giant.
* The 2002 remake of ''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}'' has a cracked moon and debris field circling the Earth, the product of the man-made disaster that prompted the Morlock/Eloi Earth in this version.
* The "sky" in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' has an artificial quality, as it's painted/projected against the interior of an enormous dome and the moon is stationary in the same place, day or night. The "moon" is really where the mysterious director of the Truman Show resides and watches over Truman's life, and can in emergencies be used as a giant searchlight.
* ''Film/VanillaSky''. The sky is the same milky orange
with a fantastic skyline (including a wormhole) based on white clouds because [[spoiler:it was David's mother's favorite time of day, so his subconscious made it that color ''all the drawing Ellie drew time''.]] The film also toys with the perspectives of light, as a child.in certain scenes the sunlight illuminates the set from impossible angles.



* The ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode "State Of The A.R.T." changed the color of the sky to lilac. The RidiculouslyHumanRobot gives it a {{Handwave}} about pollution particles-- not one that makes scientific sense, but at least it was acknowledged.
** [[SeasonalRot Later episodes]] brought us green skies (for worlds hidden in hyperspace), and a sky with a moon ''plus two additional Earths'' [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy (incorrectly said to be "in syzygy.")]]
* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' actually takes place on the moon after it's been blasted out of Earth orbit and the solar system.

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* The ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode "State Of The A.R.T." changed the color Pylea in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has two suns, not that we see either more than once. Conveniently for any vampires present, neither are of the sky to lilac. The RidiculouslyHumanRobot gives it a {{Handwave}} about pollution particles-- not one that makes scientific sense, but at least it was acknowledged.
** [[SeasonalRot Later episodes]] brought us green skies (for worlds hidden in hyperspace), and a sky with a moon ''plus two additional Earths'' [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy (incorrectly said to be "in syzygy.")]]
* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' actually takes place on the moon after it's been blasted out of Earth orbit and the solar system.
undead-frying variety.



** An early example was the planet Vortis, in "The Web Planet", which had an atmosphere so thin that the stars (and multiple moons) were visible during the day.
** During the eighties, a particular new postproduction technique resulted in a minor run of planets with colored skies, including Thoros Beta in "Mindwarp" (teal) and the unnamed planet in "Survival" (pink).
** A story arc in the eighteenth season upped the ante with a trip to the pocket universe E-Space - where, of course, all the planets had a particular sort of alien sky

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** An early example was the planet Vortis, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet "The Web Planet", Planet"]], which had an atmosphere so thin that the stars (and multiple moons) were visible during the day.
** During the eighties, a particular new postproduction technique resulted in a minor run of planets with colored skies, including Thoros Beta in "Mindwarp" (teal) and the unnamed planet in "Survival" (pink).
** A story arc in the eighteenth season upped the ante with a trip to the pocket universe E-Space - where, of course, all the planets had a particular sort of alien skysky.



** The planet Krop Tor in "The Impossible Planet" had a ''[[UnrealisticBlackHole large black hole in the sky]]'', as well as hurricanes created by whatever said black hole is currently consuming.
** In the year 200,000 Earth is allegedly orbited by four artificial moons, although we never see them.
** In "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead", the Library has a massive moon taking up most of the sky, which is actually a "doctor moon", a failsafe for the computer core that helped the core when the core forgot [[spoiler:she was carrying the minds of 4000 people]].
** In "The Stolen Earth", Earth is transported [[spoiler:by the Daleks]] to the Medusa Cascade, where the 26 other stolen planets are clearly visible in the sky against the background of a greenish-yellow nebula.
** Not exactly the sky, but according to the Expanded Universe, in the universe that existed before ours the void of space was pink and planets were toroidal. In the universe that will exist ''after'' this one, space is also pink, and filled with green stars that shoot out bolts of green energy and are connected by clouds of algae. Yeah.
* Pylea in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has two suns, not that we see either more than once. Conveniently for any vampires present, neither are of the undead-frying variety.

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** During the eighties, a particular new postproduction technique resulted in a minor run of planets with colored skies, including Thoros Beta in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp "Mindwarp"]] (teal) and the unnamed planet in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival "Survival"]] (pink).
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]]: In the year 200,000 Earth is allegedly orbited by four artificial moons, although we never see them.
** The planet Krop Tor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet" Planet"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "The Satan Pit"]] had a ''[[UnrealisticBlackHole large black hole in the sky]]'', as well as hurricanes created by whatever said black hole is currently consuming.
** In the year 200,000 Earth is allegedly orbited by four artificial moons, although we never see them.
** In
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library" and Library"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead", Dead"]], the Library has a massive moon taking up most of the sky, which is actually a "doctor moon", a failsafe for the computer core that helped the core when the core forgot [[spoiler:she was carrying the minds of 4000 people]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth", Earth"]], Earth is transported [[spoiler:by the Daleks]] to the Medusa Cascade, where the 26 other stolen planets are clearly visible in the sky against the background of a greenish-yellow nebula.
** Not exactly the sky, but according to the Expanded Universe, in the universe that existed before ours the void of space was pink and planets were toroidal. In the universe that will exist ''after'' this one, space is also pink, and filled with green stars that shoot out bolts of green energy and are connected by clouds of algae. Yeah.
Yeah.
* Pylea The skies of Arrakis in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' the miniseries ''{{Series/Dune}}'' deserve a special mention because of the final shot. The hero and his new wife are depicted silhouetted dramatically against a sky which has two suns, not moons - ''in different phases.'' The creators were going for Alien Sky, and ended up with something way more alien than they were hoping for. [[CriticalResearchFailure Anyone else see a problem here?]]
** Well, if two moons are at different points in the sky, then the viewing and lighting angles would be different, and the moons ''would'' be in different phases. For example, if the sun has just set in the "west", one moon is in the western part of the sky, and another moon is in the eastern part of the sky, the first moon would be a crescent while the second would be more gibbous. The problem with the scene at the end of the Dune miniseries is
that we ''the moons are almost in the exact same position in the sky'' and are still in significantly different phases.
** The [[Film/{{Dune}} David Lynch Dune movie]] had a colour process where the film shot 'on different worlds' was processed to give a different colour palette; Gold for Kaitain, Green for Caladan, etc.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' does this all the time, as the series is set in a solar system with lots of gas giants and habitable moons. The "first episode" features, in its first scene a celestial object hanging in the sky that you really wouldn't want to
see either on Earth, because it would mean the moon had suddenly and drastically reduced the distance between itself and Earth and altered its surface features.
** The solar system apparently has five suns (white, brown, red, black, and blue) that orbit around each other, each with their own planetary system, but despite them being close enough together to be the in the same system, you never see
more than once. Conveniently for any vampires present, neither are of one in the undead-frying variety.sky at once.



* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' often depicts alien planets as [[BBCQuarry generic rocky wastelands]]... but with a color filter over the camera so you know it's definitely not Earth. The Earth's moon ([[ArtisticLicense which has a breathable atmosphere]], by the way, [[MagicAIsMagicA ever since the first season]]), has a distinct blue colour, while the hot planet Kalderon has a red atmosphere, etc.
** Done on ''Earth'' in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', to show just how much damage Venjix has caused. Outside of the DomedHometown of Corinth, which projects blue skies onto the underside of the dome, the world is covered with a yellow filter to suggest yellow toxic clouds, high radiation levels, and storms of dust.
* The ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode "State Of The A.R.T." changed the color of the sky to lilac. The RidiculouslyHumanRobot gives it a {{Handwave}} about pollution particles -- not one that makes scientific sense, but at least it was acknowledged.
** [[SeasonalRot Later episodes]] brought us green skies (for worlds hidden in hyperspace), and a sky with a moon ''plus two additional Earths'' [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy (incorrectly said to be "in syzygy")]]
* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' actually takes place on the moon after it's been blasted out of Earth orbit and the solar system.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' loves putting many moons and big moons into an alien sky - probably because [[StargateCity nine-tenths of the planets look like British Columbia]], so you have to show variation somehow. The trend started in the Stargate film, where Abydos has three moons. This trope was used quite well in any episode where {{Muggle}}s were invited through the gate; they'd say the planet looks just like earth until either they encounter alien technology or a cast member tells them to look up... at the gas giant or pair of moons in the sky.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' did this once to its own characters. Technically, everything's alien on Lantea, but for the 'Lanteans, the Pegasus night sky is familiar--just part of what makes Atlantis home. When the city [[spoiler: leaves Lantea and settles on a new planet at the beginning of season four]], two moons hanging over the city let the expedition (and all of us viewers) know that things have changed...new sky, new world, new battle. It's a surprisingly moving, alien moment for a series that takes place in an entirely different galaxy to begin with.



* The planet Vulcan is supposed to have a red sky, and no moon - though an animated episode shows a huge disk hanging the sky, usually explained as a twin planet of some kind.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' loves putting many moons and big moons into an alien sky - probably because [[StargateCity nine-tenths of the planets look like British Columbia]], so you have to show variation somehow. The trend started in the Stargate film, where Abydos has three moons. This trope was used quite well in any episode where {{Muggle}}s were invited through the gate; they'd say the planet looks just like earth until either they encounter alien technology or a cast member tells them to look up... at the gas giant or pair of moons in the sky.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' did this once to its own characters. Technically, everything's alien on Lantea, but for the 'Lanteans, the Pegasus night sky is familiar--just part of what makes Atlantis home. When the city [[spoiler: leaves Lantea and settles on a new planet at the beginning of season four]], two moons hanging over the city let the expedition (and all of us viewers) know that things have changed...new sky, new world, new battle. It's a surprisingly moving, alien moment for a series that takes place in an entirely different galaxy to begin with.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' does this all the time, as the series is set in a solar system with lots of gas giants and habitable moons. The "first episode" features, in its first scene a celestial object hanging in the sky that you really wouldn't want to see on Earth, because it would mean the moon had suddenly and drastically reduced the distance between itself and Earth and altered its surface features.
** The solar system apparently has five suns (white, brown, red, black, and blue) that orbit around each other, each with their own planetary system, but despite them being close enough together to be the in the same system, you never see more than one in the sky at once.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' often depicts alien planets as [[BBCQuarry generic rocky wastelands]]... but with a color filter over the camera so you know it's definitely not Earth. The Earth's moon ([[ArtisticLicense which has a breathable atmosphere]], by the way, [[MagicAIsMagicA ever since the first season]]), has a distinct blue colour, while the hot planet Kalderon has a red atmosphere, etc.
** Done on ''Earth'' in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', to show just how much damage Venjix has caused. Outside of the DomedHometown of Corinth, which projects blue skies onto the underside of the dome, the world is covered with a yellow filter to suggest yellow toxic clouds, high radiation levels, and storms of dust.
* The skies of Arrakis in the miniseries ''{{Series/Dune}}'' deserve a special mention because of the final shot. The hero and his new wife are depicted silhouetted dramatically against a sky which has two moons - ''in different phases.'' The creators were going for Alien Sky, and ended up with something way more alien than they were hoping for. [[CriticalResearchFailure Anyone else see a problem here?]]
** Well, if two moons are at different points in the sky, then the viewing and lighting angles would be different, and the moons ''would'' be in different phases. For example, if the sun has just set in the "west", one moon is in the western part of the sky, and another moon is in the eastern part of the sky, the first moon would be a crescent while the second would be more gibbous. The problem with the scene at the end of the Dune miniseries is that ''the moons are almost in the exact same position in the sky'' and are still in significantly different phases.
** The [[Film/{{Dune}} David Lynch Dune movie]] had a colour process where the film shot 'on different worlds' was processed to give a different colour palette; Gold for Kaitain, Green for Caladan, etc.
* In the ''Series/TinMan'' miniseries, when DG first wakes up in the O.Z., she finds herself in a huge forest with two suns in the sky, just to make it clear that (all together now) she's not in Kansas anymore.

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* ** The planet Vulcan is supposed to have a red sky, and no moon - though an animated episode shows a huge disk hanging the sky, usually explained as a twin planet of some kind.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' loves putting many moons and big moons into an alien sky - probably because [[StargateCity nine-tenths of the planets look like British Columbia]], so you have to show variation somehow. The trend started in the Stargate film, where Abydos has three moons. This trope was used quite well in any episode where {{Muggle}}s were invited through the gate; they'd say the planet looks just like earth until either they encounter alien technology or a cast member tells them to look up... at the gas giant or pair of moons in the sky.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' did this once to its own characters. Technically, everything's alien on Lantea, but for the 'Lanteans, the Pegasus night sky is familiar--just part of what makes Atlantis home. When the city [[spoiler: leaves Lantea and settles on a new planet at the beginning of season four]], two moons hanging over the city let the expedition (and all of us viewers) know that things have changed...new sky, new world, new battle. It's a surprisingly moving, alien moment for a series that takes place in an entirely different galaxy to begin with.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' does this all the time, as the series is set in a solar system with lots of gas giants and habitable moons. The "first episode" features, in its first scene a celestial object hanging in the sky that you really wouldn't want to see on Earth, because it would mean the moon had suddenly and drastically reduced the distance between itself and Earth and altered its surface features.
** The solar system apparently has five suns (white, brown, red, black, and blue) that orbit around each other, each with their own planetary system, but despite them being close enough together to be the in the same system, you never see more than one in the sky at once.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' often depicts alien planets as [[BBCQuarry generic rocky wastelands]]... but with a color filter over the camera so you know it's definitely not Earth. The Earth's moon ([[ArtisticLicense which has a breathable atmosphere]], by the way, [[MagicAIsMagicA ever since the first season]]), has a distinct blue colour, while the hot planet Kalderon has a red atmosphere, etc.
** Done on ''Earth'' in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', to show just how much damage Venjix has caused. Outside of the DomedHometown of Corinth, which projects blue skies onto the underside of the dome, the world is covered with a yellow filter to suggest yellow toxic clouds, high radiation levels, and storms of dust.
* The skies of Arrakis in the miniseries ''{{Series/Dune}}'' deserve a special mention because of the final shot. The hero and his new wife are depicted silhouetted dramatically against a sky which has two moons - ''in different phases.'' The creators were going for Alien Sky, and ended up with something way more alien than they were hoping for. [[CriticalResearchFailure Anyone else see a problem here?]]
** Well, if two moons are at different points in the sky, then the viewing and lighting angles would be different, and the moons ''would'' be in different phases. For example, if the sun has just set in the "west", one moon is in the western part of the sky, and another moon is in the eastern part of the sky, the first moon would be a crescent while the second would be more gibbous. The problem with the scene at the end of the Dune miniseries is that ''the moons are almost in the exact same position in the sky'' and are still in significantly different phases.
** The [[Film/{{Dune}} David Lynch Dune movie]] had a colour process where the film shot 'on different worlds' was processed to give a different colour palette; Gold for Kaitain, Green for Caladan, etc.
* In the ''Series/TinMan'' miniseries, when DG first wakes up in the O.Z., she finds herself in a huge forest with two suns in the sky, just to make it clear that (all together now) she's not in Kansas anymore.
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* In the ''Series/TinMan'' miniseries, when DG first wakes up in the O.Z., she finds herself in a huge forest with two suns in the sky, just to make it clear that (all together now) she's not in Kansas anymore.



* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' has two moons in the sky, one of which is twice the apparent diameter of the other, and which have 7 and 28 day orbits (a 13 month year, with 4 weeks to a month exactly. You can tell what day of the week it is by the phases of the moons.)
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' has hell with a featureless sky that gets bright or dark instantly. Medius itself has a red moon and green moon.
* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}} [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2003/02/03/ Where the ghost throws Dru.]]
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2008/11/05/ And the give away in the computer game]]
* Smoke comics (a sub comic of WTFComics) shows the sky as an indication smoke isn't on earth any more.



* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2003/02/03/ Where the ghost throws Dru.]]
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2008/11/05/ And the give away in the computer game]]
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' has hell with a featureless sky that gets bright or dark instantly. Medius itself has a red moon and green moon.
* ''Smoke Comics'' (a sub comic of WTFComics) shows the sky as an indication Smoke isn't on Earth any more.
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' has two moons in the sky, one of which is twice the apparent diameter of the other, and which have 7 and 28 day orbits (a 13 month year, with 4 weeks to a month exactly. You can tell what day of the week it is by the phases of the moons.)



* The planets Foodcourtia and Conventia in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' seem to all share a magenta-like sky. Hobo 13 has a yellow one, and others have a mostly transparent atmosphere. The stylization is truly apparent when Earth has a hideous red sky during the day, and the only time it looks normal is during a snowstorm.
* ''ThundarrTheBarbarian'' actually had a plot-related reason for its Alien Sky: The moon was broken in half by a "runaway planet" passing between the Earth and the moon, plunging the world into a new dark age. This gave many tropers copious amounts of Nightmare Fuel in their youth, especially as the show indicated it would happen in the far-off year of 1994.

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* The In ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'', the planets Foodcourtia Wait-Your-Turn, Tell-a-Lie, Rigel 13, and Conventia in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' seem to all share a magenta-like sky. Hobo 13 has a yellow one, and others Cross-Your-Heart have a mostly transparent atmosphere. The stylization is truly apparent when Earth has a hideous red sky during the day, this. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Lazy Daze''
-->'''Midgel:''' Blue grass, green skies,
and the only time it looks normal is during a snowstorm.
* ''ThundarrTheBarbarian'' actually had a plot-related reason for its Alien Sky: The moon was broken in half by a "runaway planet" passing between the Earth
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-->'''Michelle:''' Don't you mean green grass
and the moon, plunging the world into a new dark age. This gave many tropers copious amounts of Nightmare Fuel in their youth, especially as the show indicated it would happen in the far-off year of 1994.blue skies?



* Most Creator/{{Filmation}} shows set in outer space have planets with green skies.



* Most Creator/{{Filmation}} shows set in outer space have planets with green skies.

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* Most Creator/{{Filmation}} shows set in outer space have The planets with green skies.Foodcourtia and Conventia in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' seem to all share a magenta-like sky. Hobo 13 has a yellow one, and others have a mostly transparent atmosphere. The stylization is truly apparent when Earth has a hideous red sky during the day, and the only time it looks normal is during a snowstorm.
* [[AHellOfATime Miseryville]] on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has three suns. "Rocket Jimmy" revealed that there are multiple moons as well.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' multi-part episode "Hereafter", Superman [[spoiler: is sent to a post-apocalyptic future Earth, where the sun is now red and the moon has a ring around it.]]
** This is later revealed to be the work of [[spoiler:Vandal Savage, as an unfortunate side effect of his invention: a machine that controlled gravity.]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''. If you're actually paying attention to the sky.



* In the last few seasons of ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', the sky is red instead of its normal blue. This wasn't actually done by an alien but rather to convey the relatively more serious tone of those seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'' actually had a plot-related reason for its Alien Sky: The moon was broken in half by a "runaway planet" passing between the Earth and the moon, plunging the world into a new dark age. This gave many tropers copious amounts of Nightmare Fuel in their youth, especially as the show indicated it would happen in the far-off year of 1994.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' has Third Earth, which orbits a gas giant with a great spot visible on its surface. Two moons are also visible.



* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''. If you're actually paying attention to the sky.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' multi-part episode "Hereafter", Superman [[spoiler: is sent to a post-apocalyptic future Earth, where the sun is now red and the moon has a ring around it.]]
** This is later revealed to be the work of [[spoiler:Vandal Savage, as an unfortunate side effect of his invention: a machine that controlled gravity.]]
* [[AHellOfATime Miseryville]] on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has three suns. "Rocket Jimmy" revealed that there are multiple moons as well.



* In the last few seasons of ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', the sky is red instead of its normal blue. This wasn't actually done by an alien but rather to convey the relatively more serious tone of those seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' has Third Earth, which orbits a gas giant with a great spot visible on its surface. Two moons are also visible.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'', the planets Wait-Your-Turn, Tell-a-Lie, Rigel 13, and Cross-Your-Heart have this. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Lazy Daze''
-->'''Midgel:''' Blue grass, green skies, and no ants.
-->'''Michelle:''' Don't you mean green grass and blue skies?
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* On [[http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39034050 the newly discovered Trappist-1 star system]], all seven Earth-like planets would be visible to each other in detail, much like the view from Earth to the Moon as opposed to solid dots. This is because they travel in a very tight orbit around a very cool star.
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* Heavily utilized in the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}''/''VideoGame/{{Uru}}'' series of games, to distinguish Ages located on different planets.

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* Heavily utilized in the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}''/''VideoGame/{{Uru}}'' series of games, ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' franchise, to distinguish Ages located on different planets.planets. Some cases are more subtle than others: Myst looks like it could be on earth, but the island features a stellarium with which you can view the constellations, which are wholly unfamiliar. Whereas, Teledahn has a sun that wheels around the sky every couple of minutes without changing its height above the horizon (possible if the observer is at one of the poles and the planet spins ''very'' fast) and Todelmer orbits a gas giant.
* ''VideoGame/{{Obduction}}'' uses the sky to cement its NotInKansasAnymore introduction. The player appears in a location that seems to be part of Arizona, but the sky in the distance is purple, with floating rocks and other earth-like planets above.
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