Sagittarius A* Region at the Center of Milky Way

One of the challenging subject I worked on & required me to do plenty readings to fully understand this single image, the wavelengths & picturing the motions where the black hole is embedded. This painting is not the black hole itself at the core of our galaxy, but the region around it. This artistic interpretation represent the shape of the heart, which indicate “the heart” of our galaxy where the supermassive black hole resides. This painting is referred and inspired by Chandra X-ray 2014 image of Sgr A* region, where the black hole is embedded in the protruding white part based on the painting. The “exploding” interpretation indicate the area where Sgr A* embedded, and the materials nearby the black hole region are being stirred, hence inspired me to make the clouds and dusts appear like they’re moving in vines and tendrils towards the Sgr A*. The blue and orange plumes around that area may be the remains of outbursts from Sgr A* that occurred millions of years ago. I love how blue and orange are complimentary colours which made this image of Sgr A region popped with bursting colors!

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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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