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Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night Recreated Entirely Out Of Real Galaxy Images

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Behold a famous painting of the stars — recreated entirely using billions of other stars, planets and everything else that fill the night sky. Harvard astronomer Alex Harrison Parker created this version of "Starry Night" by pulling images captured by the Hubble telescope and forming them into the perfect mosaic recreation of Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting.

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Illustration for article titled Vincent Van Goghs Starry Night Recreated Entirely Out Of Real Galaxy Images

Here's a close up of the galaxies, just a wonderful idea.

Illustration for article titled Vincent Van Goghs Starry Night Recreated Entirely Out Of Real Galaxy Images
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And here is the high resolution shot, click to enlarge!

[via Discovery]

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Nice. This gave me flashbacks to that brilliant, touching scene in Doctor Who Series 5 where the Doctor and Amy take Vincent Van Gogh to an exhibit of his works in the year 2010. In a nutshell, they attempt to derail the tragic course of Van Gogh's life by revealing how celebrated his paintings will be to future generations. The scene where the Doctor surreptitiously nudges the curator to proclaim his honest praise of Van Gogh's art and life, while the painter tearfully listens in the foreground, is one of the greatest scenes of the revived series.

Sadly the relevant clip is unavailable in its entirety on YouTube, so I'll have to make do with this fan video.