Vincent van Gogh
can the majesty of the night sky best be captured in a painting?
This was a continual challenge for
van Gogh, a famous painter in
the late 1800s who pioneered stirring depictions of
filled skies into several of his
Pictured above is van Gogh's
Night Over the Rhone, where the
French town of
Arles is depicted complete with gas lights reflecting off the
van Gogh's night sky appears alive with
stellar images contrasting with
dark blue hues. Above the river, one can discern the stars of the
familiar Big Dipper asterism.
Following a line
the two Big Dipper stars on the right,
the North Star Polaris
could be easily
found, the height of which can
then be estimated
and actually gives the
where the painting was created.