WORKS – A New Stellar Order by Melissa Walter

In ALL, WORKS by Julia Krolik

Melissa Walter is a San Diego based artist and science illustrator for NASA. In A New Stellar Order, Walter showcases her illustration skills by metamorphosing our traditional view of the cosmos into the abstract.

“An incredible 96% of the Universe remains a mystery to us. But within the 4% that we have observed, and only begun to understand, are exploding stars, merging galaxies, black hole mysteries, and our own home planet.

As a science illustrator for NASA, I create images that are literal interpretations of astronomical theories produced by some of our brightest scientific minds. In the past 20 years, I’ve crafted intricate views of stars being sucked into black holes, and quasars at the center of an elliptical galaxy. My celestial vistas have always been designed to be clear depictions that intentionally leave little to the imagination.

Until now.” – Melissa Walter




Galaxy Merger

Galaxy Merger

Solar Wind

Gravitational Waves

Neutron Star

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Julia Krolik

Julia helps SciArt through Art the Science, wrangles data and makes SciArt through Pixels and Plans. She speaks passionately about the importance of visual communication in information sharing. She lives by this quote: "They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea." - Francis Bacon | Twitter: @yuliakrolik