How We’ve ‘Morphed’ From “Starry Night” to Planck’s View of the BICEP2 Field

Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a finished work of art known to billions. After 13.8 billion years, the Universe remains an unfinished work. Planck Observatory data revealing the Milky Way’s magnetic field is morphed into a Starry Night of June 1889. (Credits: Vincent Van Gogh, ESA, Illustration – J.Schmidt, T.Reyes)

From the vantage point of a window in an insane asylum, Vincent van Gogh painted one of the most noted and valued artistic works in human history. It was the summer of 1889. With his post-impressionist paint strokes, Starry Night depicts a night sky before sunrise that undulates, flows and is never settled. Scientific discoveries are revealing a Cosmos with such characteristics.

Since Vincent’s time, artists and scientists have taken their respective paths to convey and understand the natural world. The latest released images taken by the European Planck Space Telescope reveals new exquisite details of our Universe that begin to touch upon the paint strokes of the great master and at the same time looks back nearly to the beginning of time. Since Van Gogh – the passage of 125 years – scientists have constructed a progressively intricate and incredible description of the Universe.

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