What does an astrophysicist do on a cloudy day? Create art.
Alex Parker, who is a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, was bored when a cloudy day meant he couldn’t do work at the observatory. So he got the idea to make a mosaic-style version of the famous Van Gogh, “Starry Night”, out of images freely downloadable from the NASA website.
What a perfect way for art and science to come together in beautiful harmony.
See the image in full resolution here.