This close up of the tray shows the multi-layered effect of the "crackle" finish. The base coat is cobalt blue. Subsequent coats of blue-green, yellow & forest green were applied, utilizing 2 different types of "crackle" media. I think the "crackle" finish draws one's eye to the green tiles, especially the Sakura "Galaxy" tiles with gold stars. The painted surfaces were sealed with 2 coats of water-based polyurethane (low VOC).
A binary black hole system, viewed edge-on. This pair of extremely dense objects twists and warps spacetime as the two black holes spiral in toward one another. Image Credit: Bohn, Throwe, Hébert, Henriksson, Bunandar, Taylor, Scheel (see http://www.black-holes.org/lensing) via: http://www.universetoday.com/116500/new-simulation-offers-stunning-images-of-black-hole-merger/
Emma Lindström - Cosmic Compositions 26-year-old painter Emma Lindström creates colorful swirls of awesomeness using a combination of acrylic and spraypaint. Though the artist is from Sweden, her work feels as though it came from an entirely different galaxy. Her paintings are nothing short of celestial — though the colors change piece to piece, she maintains the same galactic visuals that transcends our Earthly imaginations.
One of my favorite past times is to look upon the night sky and try to find constellations. Its amazing to do it from different parts of the city of even different states. I love looking upon the stars in awe! They inspire me to learn more of the night sky. Constellations
This is the 'Cosmic Bird' galaxy, aka galaxy ESO 593-IG 008. It bucks the trend of the more common spiral shaped galaxies, instead appearing as a bird shaped wonder. There is a catch though. What we are seeing is the result of 3 different galaxies crossing paths to form a super galaxy.
Two very different galaxies feature in this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, forming a peculiar galaxy pair called Arp 116. - Credit: NASA, ESA - http://www.space.com/15235-hubble-space-telescope-latest-photos.html