Tuesday, June 15, 2010

a modern starry night

today's APOD features a modern twist on an old and much-loved painting by vincent van gogh: the starry night.

inside the image above, ronnie walker has included a comet, a spiral galaxy, an open star cluster, and a supernova remnant. can you find them? can you also identify the rings of Supernova 1987A, the Eskimo Nebula, the Crab Nebula, Thor's Helmut, the Carhwheel Galaxy, and the Ant Nebula? there are also several other additions when you inspect a large version of the image.

did anyone see the recent episode of doctor who that featured vincent, called "vincent and the doctor"? it was clever, but not the first incident when someone has mashed vincent and the doctor!

overall, i much prefer the original painting, but i think the idea of adding modern images and creating a treasure hunt is interesting.

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