On earth, visible lightrays from the sun are called "crepuscular rays." These are the "divine"-looking rays of light which appear at dawn and dusk when the sun is near the horizon and its light is divided up by clouds. They appear because the sunlight lights up clouds or mist. There's no reason why they shouldn't appear in space, too, as long as the observer is in the proper position to view them. What would "spiritual" art be without crepuscular rays? This is not "spiritual" art, just another nebula picture.
"Starbeams" is acrylic on illustration board, 10" x 7", June 1991.