This is a collaboration piece between Vincent Van Gogh and astronomy student Alex Parker. Van Gogh painted Starry Night, then Alex recreated the piece using pictures of real galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. I wonder what it was like getting to work with such a famous artist!
The astronomer, whose speciality is exploring the asteroids and proto-planets of our solar system, downloaded Hubble's Top 100 Images to create this new take on Van Gogh's masterpiece.
He told Discovery News: '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.
Simply fascinating. "You didn't read any of that did you?" Not a single word. Listen, I'm gonna be honest with you for a sec -- I'm just trying to get back to playing Borderlands, okay?
Hit the jump for a closeup.
Thanks to Melissa and legendaryxatdx, who agree starry nights are the best kind of nights. Well, except for really dreamy handsome knights.