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This Astronomer Recreated Starry Night with Hubble Space Photos

Alex Parker used the top 100 images from the Hubble Space telescope to create his rendition of Starry Night

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Starry Night, possibly Van Gogh’s most famous painting, seems to be a favorite of astrophysicists. They’ve named an astronomy software system after it. They’ve named star watching events after it.

And last year, astrophysicist Alex Parker recreated the famous painting out of Hubble Telescope imagesClick the image (or here) to see the full size version.

Parker’s not the only one to figure out that these photos are amazing building blocks for art: the artist Sergio Albiac has created a series of portraits using just 50 hand-selected images from Hubble’s vast oeuvre. Parker chose to use the top 100 images from the Hubble Space telescope to create his rendition of Starry Night. You can download all 100 for free here, if you want to try to make your own mosaic out of space.

More from Smithsonian.com:

Van Gogh’s Night Visions
Hubble’s Ugliest Photographs

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Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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