Colliding Galaxies NGC 4038/4039

One of my favorite interstellar subject is the Interacting Galaxies. The energy, movement and colours of the colliding galaxies inspired me to work on intergalactic subjects.

Do you recognize these colliding intergalactic giants? Yes, it's the Antennae Galaxies, or known as NGC 4038/NGC 4039 in the constellation Corvus.

Based on the painting, the two galaxies are dotted with brilliant blue star forming regions surrounded by glowing hydrogen gas, appearing in the painting in pink.The yellow blobs to the left and right of painting center are the two cores of the original galaxies and consist mainly of old stars criss-crossed by filaments of dust, which I illustrated with brownish black tendrils.

The galaxies are currently going through a starburst phase, in which the collision of clouds of gas and dust, with entangled magnetic fields, causes rapid star formation.

The fluorescent chemical in the neon paints absorbed the invisible UV radiation and emits the energy in visible glow. The neon paints emphasized the active region of star birth (blue and pink glow) and the core of both galaxies indicating the residence of older stars (yellow glow).