Memories of Leonard: All Eyes on You

The night was interstellar. I went to the local observatory (Balai Cerap Kota Bharu) to catch a sight of the deep space visitor from the Oort cloud – Leonard comet as it makes its way to the inner solar system.

The sky was crisp clear, between the assembly of the planets there it was, Leonard with its glorious tail and bright nucleus. As all “eyes” on the comet, I witnessed the astronomical passing of my lifetime.

This painting illustrated the place, the night, the feeling I experienced as my eyes gazed at the anticipated guest of our solar system – Van Gogh Style.

“Our spacetime seem to intersect perfectly, Leonard”.

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Nurul Syahirah Nazarudin

My name is Nurul Syahirah Binti Nazarudin and I’m a Malaysian Space Artist. I create cosmic arts to deliver the beauty of the night sky and raise universe awareness for Malaysian as well as international public. I’m a dark sky advocate for Dark Sky Malaysia and International Dark Sky Association and as a space artist, I reach out to the public about the dangers of light pollution and the importance of dark sky through my artworks. I was invited to virtual talks and participated in conferences to communicate astronomy and light pollution awareness through artistic works. Being a space artist is a part of my busy life as I’m a full-time educator during the day and as a teacher, I always encourage my students to incorporate arts in their learning.

As an astronomical artist, I am passionate to connect the public with astronomy through work of arts. The delights of observing the night sky have inspired artists, composers, and poets to interpret the universe in their own creative way. Until today, humanity is inspired by the wonders of the night sky and has been continuously producing works of art to express the astronomical connection and to simulate the world beyond the sight of our telescopes and cameras. By expressing my passion for cosmos in form of arts, I inspire those who are not involved in the field to enjoy Astronomy as much as I do. Even though the space out there is beyond our touch(yet), I want to make it reachable through my perspective of the universe. Based on my experience, whenever people look at my arts, curiosity sparked in them and they wanted to know what are my paintings all about. I explained to them the subjects in my paintings and this bridges astronomy to my audiences. Space science provide a deeper meaning to my artistic work and help the viewer to relate themselves with the universe in a more “human” way.

Besides Astronomy, I also communicate light pollution and dark sky awareness through arts. Light pollution is an underrated and minimized issue which requires more attention from the public. I want to spread the awareness about light pollution to the public in a creative and eye-catching way to the public with my arts. Through arts, the knowledge about our universe and light pollution can be carried in a creative, conspicuous, and stimulating way.

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