Inside this swirl of glowing gas is a pulsar, or perhaps a binary system going nova. The high-energy event is throwing out a jet of gas, like a geyser in space. Cataclysms and intense phenomena are going on in space all the time, emitting super-energetic particles which reach our relatively peaceful Earth and register on radio and X-ray detectors. There's a lot of action out there.
"Star Furnace" is acrylic on illustration board, 10" x 7", February 1990.