Description This painting depicts a remarkable astronomical event recorded by the ancient chinese. On the morning of July 5th 1054 C.E. a brilliant new star appeared near the thin crescent moon. The star was so bright it was clearly visible in the daytime for weeks then it gradually faded. Chinese astronomer called such stars 'guest 'stars becuase of their fleeting natures. This was actually a supernova explosion, the violent end of a giant star many times larger than the sun and one of the most powerful explosions in the universe. The remnant of this event can still be seen with telescopes and is known to astronomers as the Crab Nebula. This painting was done as part of a planetarium show many years ago.
John Foster, Portland OR Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement John Foster was born, raised, and currently lives in Portland OR. He started drawing at a young age and has always had an interest in both art and science. Thanks to the mentoring of an excellent high school art teacher, art school training, years of experience as a planetarium artist for a major museum and many travels through the western US and abroad, John's work reflects well-honed artistic skills and unuasual accuracy and realism. A vast range of interests contribute to the quality of his work including; photography, astronomy, various natural science and historic subjects, archeology, backpacking and other outdoor interests. He has won many honors and his work routinely appears in publictions worldwide. Working mainly in acrylics, John considers himself a painter of the lost worlds of the past and nature's spectacular places. WARNING: ALL IMAGES SHOWN HERE ARE REGISTERED WITH THE US COPYRIGHT OFFICE AND FULLY PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW. REPRODUCTION IN ANY FORM IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND WILL BE PROSECUTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.