People through eons of time have always gazed upon the sky at night and wondered what those twinkling lights are.
The vastness of space is difficult to grasp and the mind does not immediately understand for how long the light from those distant twinkling lights, the stars, has been traveling through space, to reach your eyes!
Earth is nothing but a grain of sand on the cosmic beach. There are hundreds of millions or even hundreds of billions of stars in a galaxy, and there are billions and billions of galaxies in the universe. Imagine how many worlds there could be in orbit around those stars!
Space and Astronomical Art strives to illustrate the Universe. The genres overlap and the border is vague. What is important to notice is that space and astronomical art are based on the knowledge we have of the Universe.
I see space and astronomical art as a complement to real astronomical imagery. By basing the artwork on knowledge in astrophysics, chemistry, and other sciences, the artist can overcome technological and physical barriers and create a probable view of an environment that is otherwise inaccessible to us.
Of course, the art shares an advantage with real astronomical photography: the ability to inspire people to explore this vast and magnificent Universe!