Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week


Bug Nebula_nvs

Diana Battefeld, Butterfly, 2015 [Oil on Canvas]. After an image of NGC 6302, photographed by NASA’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team. Aleksander Friedmann did not live to see the impact of his discovery. He died in 1925. The significance of his work was not appreciated until two years …

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Diana Battefeld, Afterdeath, 2015 [Oil on Canvas]. After the planetary nebula NGC 2818 photographed by the the wide field planetary camera 2 HST. The presence of the cosmological constant in the Einstein Equations was debated for many years. Einstein thought it “detracted from the formal beauty of the theory”; others thought of it as a …

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Death of a Star

Supernova1994 D_s

Diana Battefeld, Death of a Star, 2015 [Oil on Canvas] Göttingen. After an image taken by the High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA. The blunders and successes of the past 300 years culminated in 1926 when Edwin Hubble, through his observations of Cepheid Variables in the Andromeda Nebula, established that the spiral nebulae were in …

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Violet Tear

Anatomy of a Bird_Merger_s

Diana Battefeld, Violet Tear, 2015 [Oil on Canvas] Göttingen. After an image published by Petri Väisänen et al, Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 000 1-24 (2007). The Anatomy of a Bird was originally photographed using a dataset combination of the Advanced Camera for Surveys on board the Hubble Space Telescope (ACS/HST) and deep optical spectroscopy …

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The Dancers

Spiral Galaxy_s

Diana Battefeld, The Dancers, 2015 [Oil on Canvas] Göttingen. After an image captured with the ESO Faint Object Spectrograph and Camera (EFOSC2) through three wide band filters (B, V, R). EFOSC2 has a 4.1 x 4.1 arcminute field of view and is attached to the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It …