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Proplyd in Stellar Wind

Did you know that stars create stellar wind? It's true, stars eject fast moving gas during their life cycle. This proplyd is pushed and distorted by stellar wind from a nearby star.



©SUSAN SNIPES
“PROPLYD IN STELLAR WIND”
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.