You can find two massive star clusters merging in the center of 30 Doradus (also known as the Tarantula Nebula). The hottest stars are surrounded with bright blue light. Around the edges of the painting, oxygen can be found where light reflects green, and red areas indicate hydrogen. 30 Doradus is located 170,000 light years away from Earth. Oil on linen. 36” x 36” x 1.5” For purchase, see artandartish.org, or visit Art and Artish's beautiful store at: 272 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Commissioned painting of the Eagle Nebula. You'll find the Pillars of Creation in the center of the image. These pillars create stars though the contraction of cold hydrogen gas, a process that can take one hundred million years. Recent research indicates these pillars may have been destroyed 6,000 years ago, but this won't be apparent to us on Earth for another 1,000 years, since the nebula is 7,000 light years away. Oil paint on canvas, 24" x 48" x 0.75" (SOLD)

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Inspired by two clusters of stars a million years apart in age, merging in the 30 Doradus Nebula. The blue stars are the hottest and biggest stars in the area. Oil paint on canvas. 8" x 8" x 3" (SOLD)

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Inspired by the Witch's Broom Nebula (NGC 6960), which is found on the western end of the Veil Nebula. It is a remnant of a supernova explosion that occurred more than 15,000 years ago. This image was recently used as cover art for an e-book! (see: http://tinyurl.com/b72sna2) Oil paint on canvas. 8" x 8" x 3" (SOLD)

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Inspired by the Small Magellanic Cloud (a dwarf galaxy), where radiation from newly formed stars burns away the inner part of the nebula. Oil paint on canvas. 8" x 8" x 3" (SOLD)

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Commissioned painting inspired by the Mystic Mountain, found in the Carina Nebula. Many stars are born in the central hydrogen pillar, which is three light years long! Oil paint on canvas. 24” x 36” x 1.5” (SOLD)

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Tiny painting inspired by supergiant star V838. The dust surrounding the star glows from a stellar explosion in 2002, when it became 600,000 times brighter than the Sun. Oil paint on canvas. 2.75" x 2.75" Please contact me for purchase.

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Commissioned painting inspired by the Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus. This region is 170,000 light-years away from us, and it forms millions of stars. Oil paint on canvas. 36" x 36" x 1.5" (SOLD)

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Commission inspired by the Pleiades. Named after the Seven Sisters in Greek mythology, this is the brightest open cluster of stars visible from Earth! These stars formed about 100 million years ago, during the age of dinosaurs. While a few bright stars are visible to the naked eye, there are about 1,0000 in total. The blue light surrounding several of these stars is a result of starlight reflecting off a cloud of dust, an effect known as a “reflection nebula.” Oil on canvas, 11” x 14” (SOLD)

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Commissioned painting inspired by the Messier 78 Nebula, found in the constellation Orion. Oil paint on canvas. 18" x 24" x 0.75" (SOLD)

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Inspired by the Horsehead Nebula, found inside the larger Orion Nebula. It's named for the cloud of dust and gas shaped like a horse's head (in my image, it appears quite small and is found just left of center). Oil paint on canvas. 12" x 48 " x .75" Please contact me to purchase.

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Inspired by the supergiant star V838 Monocerotis. The dust surrounding it glows from a stellar explosion that briefly made it the brightest star in the Milky Way galaxy during January 2002. Oil paint on wooden panel. 10" x 10" x .75" (SOLD)

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Inspired by the Trifid Nebula in the Sagittarius constellation. The reddish-pink color is caused by hydrogen illuminated by starlight. Oil on canvas. 20" x 20" x 3" (SOLD)

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Inspired by planetary nebula NGC 2818. The central star ran out of fuel, giving off the colorful gases that frame the image. In around 5 billion years, our sun will undergo a similar process! Oil paint on canvas. 8" x 10" x 1.25" (SOLD)

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Commissioned painting inspired by the Taurus Constellation. The Taurus is the western zodiac sign for those born from April 21 - May 20. Oil paint on canvas. 8" x 10" x 1.25" (SOLD)

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Inspired by the luminous clouds in the Eagle Nebula. Oil paint on canvas. 11" x 14" x .75" (SOLD)

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Inspired by the Eagle Nebula, a star-forming cluster of gas and dust. Oil paint on canvas. 36" x 60" x 1.25" Not for sale.

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Inspired by the Seagull Nebula, which is almost 240 light years wide. Oil paint on Gesso Board. 8" x 10" x 1" Not for sale.

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Photographs courtesy of Ian Lacy, at ianlacyphotography.com

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