We began the year with a spacewalk, and end with the stars – as shown in this time-lapse photo taken in Indonesia.
Kelly Grovier describes the image as “an arresting distortion of what the eye actually observes in the universe around it”, comparing it with Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
Now one of the world’s most famous paintings, it was dismissed by the artist months after it was painted for being too abstract. “I allowed myself to be led astray”, the Dutch post-Impressionist wrote in a letter in November 1889, “into reaching for stars that are too big”.
Many would disagree with his verdict; Grovier concludes with a quote from Calvin and Hobbes: “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently”.