Art of Science Creative Challenge: Orion’s Nebula

Calling ALL: artists, painters, jewelers,writers, poets, musicians, designers….
to Make Something, Anything- inspired by this shot of
Orion’s magnificent nebula!
We will all post to our blogs and blog hop through each others creations on Reveal Day- April 18!

With so many images of this nebula hanging in my studio and circulating the web, I think it’s time to channel them into something beautiful.  So here begins a new ‘Art of Science’ challenge:

Calling ALL:

artists, photographers, jewelers, writers, poets, musicians, designers….

to Make Something, Anything- inspired by this shot of

Orion’s magnificent nebula!

We will all post to our blogs and blog hop through each others creations.

Orion Nebula-hs-2006-01-q-large_web

To join in, leave a comment to this post that you want to participate, along with your blog address. (If you don’t have a blog- no worries- I can post a photo or link to your creation here on reveal day.)

Reveal day and blog hop is April 18th. Lastly, Email me with your email address so that the night before, I can send you all the list of artists & blogs participating so you can post on reveal day for our blog hop!     taralinda22[at]gmail[dot]com

And help get the word out on your blogs, FB, Twitter, etc.!   I’m excited to drum up as many artists from all over the world for this challenge.

Thank you for joining me 😉  & Happy Creating!         Photo source: NASA/Hubble site


Photo Details from NASA/Hubble:

“Located 1,500 light-years away from Earth, the Orion nebula is the brightest star in the sword of the hunter constellation. The cosmic cloud is also our closest massive star-formation factory, and astronomers suspect that it contains about 1,000 young stars.

…this image from NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes looks more like an abstract painting than a cosmic snapshot. The magnificent masterpiece shows the Orion nebula in an explosion of infrared, ultraviolet and visible-light colors. It was “painted” by hundreds of baby stars on a canvas of gas and dust, with intense ultraviolet light and strong stellar winds as brushes.

At the heart of the artwork is a set of four monstrously massive stars, collectively called the Trapezium. These behemoths are approximately 100,000 times brighter than our sun. Their community can be identified as the yellow smudge near the center of the composite.

The swirls of green were revealed by Hubble’s ultraviolet and visible-light detectors. They are hydrogen and sulfur gases heated by intense ultraviolet radiation from the Trapezium’s stars.

Wisps of red, also detected by Spitzer, indicate infrared light from illuminated clouds containing carbon-rich molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. On Earth, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are found on burnt toast and in automobile exhaust.

Additional stars in Orion are sprinkled throughout the image in a rainbow of colors. Spitzer exposed infant stars deeply embedded in a cocoon of dust and gas (orange-yellow dots). Hubble found less embedded stars (specks of green) and stars in the foreground (blue). Stellar winds from clusters of newborn stars scattered throughout the cloud etched all of the well-defined ridges and cavities.”

Author: tara linda

musician, poet, art and jewelry-maker

13 thoughts on “Art of Science Creative Challenge: Orion’s Nebula”

    1. Eeee! So happy! Do you know what medium you’ll use yet? 😉
      Can’t wait to see your lovely work.
      When you know where you want to post it- leave me your blog, etsy, etc. Thanks.

  1. What an exquisite picture. I wish I could make a bead that beautiful. A wonderful challenge, so if I succeed I’ll send you a photo.

    1. Hey fciprian!! Happy to discover your fun blog (I first crossed your path on a post “Hungry about the scraps…” 😉
      Thank you for shouting out the Science meets art challenge! I will post you/your link the night before for all to see.

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