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Proplyd as Embryo

This proplyd embryo grows in a beautiful cloud of gas and dust. Perhaps it will birth a planet or two.



©SUSAN SNIPES
“PROPLYD AS EMBRYO”
MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS
20 X 20 x 1.75 INCHES




I’ve been intrigued by the formation or the “birth of planets” for twenty years. When researching planet creation recently, I learned the Hubble telescope has captured amazing images of young stars in the nearby Orion Nebula.  And I learned about proplyds. A proplyd is a disk made of gas and dust that swirls around a young star and is thought to turn into one or more planets. This painting is one of a set on this topic.