Van Gogh's Starry Night Made From Pics Of Real Galaxies

September 28, 2012


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.

  • Kathleen Kj Lowry

    Is there a store that sells posters or prints of these?

  • AnnaBananaBird

    What do you mean "I wonder what it was like getting to work with such a famous artist"...?

  • twi

    The author was being facetious.

  • ZomBBombeR

    Pretty magnificent.

  • Crucial

    WAY cooler.

    On another note, does anyone know what it takes to do this? Do you just paste a tonne of pictures next to each other and overlay an image on top? Or do you have to specifically shade every square?

  • Chris Pearson

    Software! ... start by taking a large bunch of galaxy photos and for each one you need to calculate its average colour. When you have created your pallette like this you analyse the original picture you want to create and scan it pixel by pixel and find the average colour of each tile (say, 10x10 pixel area) and locate the matching galaxy from your prepared pallette and place it on your canvas.

  • Bubbubsky

    I want one. That's something I would gladly frame and hang on a wall.

  • ZomBBombeR


  • People have so much time/ talent/ patience...
    This kind of stuff reminds me of how i dont have any of these things :(

  • ZomBBombeR

    Me either XD

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    don't be so down on yourself. you have a lot of things going for you. you have that umm...well you can make nice posts on Geekologie.

  • haha well thats very nice of you (your name here cause its too damn long)!

  • ZomBBombeR

    I can't tell if your joking or not so next time if you go @ and then the first letter of his name it'll show.

  • ZomBBombeR

    @VanessaDuran:disqus for instance

  • Nope too much work

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    no time, talent or patience for it?

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    anytime. I'm a giver. it's a curse and a blessing.

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