Life and Death in a Heart
Life and Death in a Heart
Life and Death in a Heart
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Life and Death in a Heart

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"Life and Death in a Heart" by Andrew McCarthy

Available on Metal or Archival Rag paper. Prints are digitally signed and only a limited number of each size and material will be manufactured.

The Heart Nebula is a massive nebula in the Perseus arm of the milky way, visible from our vantage point on Earth within the Cassiopeia constellation. Within the frame of this image, towering columns of gas light-years wide birth new stars, while incredible physics sculpt complex shapes from stardust.

This image was processed with a proprietary variation of the famous "Hubble Palette" to reveal greater color depth and detail than historic images of the same region of space. This was captured using an 8" telescope from my backyard in Sacramento, and the product of many hours worth of exposures.

The title of this piece refers to the formation of new stars, but there is also a dead star in the image. Known as a planetary nebula, this relatively tiny object shows a star shedding its outer material into space. If you look closely you can find it.

Product Details

For paper prints, the size indicated is the "leaf size", which will include a 1" white border for handling and framing. The frame is a molded wood with acrylic cover, including a simple white matting.

Metal prints are fabricated using a proprietary printing process that boasts a non-reflective surface that allows for the deepest display of color and contrast available for print. The image is printed right to the edge of the material. 

Shipping and Fulfillment

All prints are made to order from our print lab in Los Angeles.
Please allow approximately 5-15 business days for item to be manufactured and shipped out. As soon as your print gets shipped out, you will receive a notification and tracking number. Due to pandemic-related carrier delays, please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.