The Butterfly Nebula






Oil on Canvas

20" x 16"


 Original / Giclée / Polychrome

An artistic interpretation of  this Nebula that looks like delicate butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of  heated gas tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour with the envelopes of gases unleashing  streams of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow.  The "butterfly" stretches for more than two light-years but the central star itself is hidden within a doughnut-shaped ring of dust, which constricts the star's outflow, creating the classic "bipolar" or hourglass shape. The nebula's reddish outer edges are largely due to light emitted by nitrogen, which marks the coolest gas visible in the picture and the white-colored regions are areas where light is emitted by sulfur.


Original is available: $1700

Also Available as Limited Edition Prints

Giclee Print: 16 X 20 $120

Polychrome Print: 11 X 14 $190