Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week

Looking into the Abyss

Diana P. Battefeld (2015.) Looking into the Abyss [Oil on Canvas] Göttingen. Visualization appeared in O. James et al., Classical and Quantum Gravity 32 (2015) 065001. A black hole is a region in spacetime that is so dense that nothing can escape its gravitational pull, not even light. The gravitational attraction is so large that …

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A Witch is Unveiled by Rigel

Diana Battefeld, A Witch is unveiled by Rigel , 2015 [Oil on Canvas]. After an image of NGC 1909 taken by NASA/STScI Digitized Sky Survey. One of the major advances of the twentieth century in theoretical cosmology was made by Russian theoretical physicist and cosmologist George Gamow, (1904 – 1968). Lemaitre’s work reached its apotheosis …

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Afterdeath

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

Diana P. 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 …

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Violet Tear

Diana P. 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 …

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The Dancers

The Dancers, Diana P. Battefeld, 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. …