The Art of Science: Starry Night

Alex Parker is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, focusing on the formation and evolution of planetary systems. His work involves a lot of starry nights. So when cloudy weather gave him a stretch of downtime at the observatory, it seemed like a fun idea to transform some of the stunning images from the Hubble Space Telescope into an homage to Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting. He explains, “The idea came up around the time of Hubble’s 22nd birthday, when I thought it would be neat to assemble a collage of a bunch of Hubble images from over its history.”

Parker used photo-mosaicing software to assemble the digital collage from the ESA “Top 100” Hubble Space Telescope images, which are available for download here.

If you want to really zoom in on the details of the image, it’s posted online here. Astronomy fans will also enjoy Parker’s animated visualizations, several of which are online here.

UPDATE: October 1, 2012. Alex has made the image available for sale as a poster at Zazzle.


Author: michelebanks1

Artist and blogger

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