The vastness of the universe has always awed humankind, ever since it stole Earth’s lunch money and threatened to shove it into a black hole. Experience its softer celestial side with today’s Groupon: for $74, you get a Stargazing Skylite custom-painted mural from Southern Stargazing (a $150 value).
Southern Stargazing’s artist-illusionists customize ceilings with murals of the night sky delicately rendered with Creation Paint, a pigmentation that harnesses the glowing power of rare Earth phosphors. Invisible in the daylight, the trompe l’oeil night sky twinkles to life as light dims, revealing an almost holographic depiction of constellations, the Milky Way, and the cosmos' unfinished connect-the-dots. This Groupon is valid toward a 5-foot Stargazing Skylite, a circular painting on the ceiling that creates the illusion of a spaceship porthole connecting bedrooms, parlors or hallways to the majestic reaches of the night sky. Those with room-encompassing star designs can use the value of this Groupon with an additional 30 percent off a number of themes. Needing to absorb only 15 minutes of light, the mural glows brightly in a dark room for up to an hour, fading slowly as the stargazer drifts to sleep or sneaks out the picture window.