Watercolor; 3×5 index card

The Peony nebula star is a blazing ball of gas that shines with the equivalent light of 3.2 million suns. The Spitzer Space Telescope observed WR 102ka at wavelengths of 3.6 μm, 8 μm, and 24 μm on April 20, 2005. These observations allowed the first reliable calculations of the physical properties of this extremely luminous object.


The good news for me is that the Peony can only be observed using infrared technology, so if I messed it up no one will ever know for sure.

I felt a lot more free with this piece and tried to work fast, enjoy it, and move on. I’ve discovered I love working in watercolor and when combined with my love of astronomy, a whole new world of possibilities opens up to me. I will likely do a series of nebula/space pieces, and am already at work on the God’s Eye Nebula.

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