A surreal painting documenting the birth and death of stars. The Orion Nebula at left is a birthplace of stars. The Crab Nebula at right, behind the human leaning out into space, is the remains of a star that went supernova (died) about 7,500 years ago, although our view of it today is one of what it looked like only about 1000 years after it exploded, as it was first observed as a very bright object by Chinese astronomers in 1054.
The Arecibo Radio Telescope can be seen in the lower center of the painting in a collapsed state. The painting foretold the demise of this telescope 43 years before it happened. The telescope was completed in 1963. The painting by Dave Martsolf was completed in 1977. The telescope collapsed on December 1, 2020.
The painting was purchased by a New Hampshire bank soon after its completion. Although the original has been sold, the artwork is still available in print form in many sizes and framing options.
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