We can now see far into the deepest reaches of the universe using advanced technologies such as the Hubble Space Telescope. But how real are the images actually portrayed in the media and journals? Jayanne English is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba, as well as a trained artist. In this lecture filmed at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, she explains how much of what we see are in fact carefully crafted composites. Raw scientific data collides with theories of colour and composition from the art world to produce media friendly images which still retain scientific value.