Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU)

Commission for Crab Nebula

A close relative commissioned me to do a painting of the ‘Crab Nebula’ from this photo. This will be quite a challenge for me. Normally I paint fairly realistic but this will have to be way more abstract and impossible to show the exact detail. I have started with a very dark acrylic ground and blocked in the main shape in oils (76x60cm), still need lots of work.

The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova noted by Earth-bound chroniclers in 1054 A.D., is filled with mysterious filaments that are are not only tremendously complex, but appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and a higher speed than expected from a free explosion. The Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In the nebula’s very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star as massive as the Sun but with only the size of a small town. The Crab Pulsar rotates about 30 times each second.

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