Visions of the Universe preview

The National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition, Visions of the Universe, opens on Friday, showcasing around a hundred of the most spectacular images of the cosmos. 

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The impressive 'Window on Mars' at the Visions of the Universe exhibition.


The National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition, Visions of the Universe, opens on Friday, showcasing around a hundred of the most spectacular images of the cosmos. Located in the museum’s Sammy Ofer Wing, the exhibition features reproductions of some of the earliest astrophotography and scientific drawings as well as modern images from orbiting observatories and planetary missions.

Numerous backlit images bring glittering star clusters and glowing nebulae to life, while several interactive exhibits demonstrate the science behind the pictures. Scattered among the images from professional telescopes are some of the finest pictures captured by amateur astronomers in recent years, showing just how far the science and art of astrophotography has come. 


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“I wanted the exhibition to be about science but also about art,” says Marek Kukula, the co-curator of the exhibition. “If people come away from it thinking that the Universe is a really beautiful place, I’ll be happy. It really is about the power of the images.”

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a spectacular 4 by 13 metre curved wall onto which high-resolution panoramas from NASA’s Mars rovers are projected. One of the panoramas – from the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity – was specially made for the exhibition by Malin Space Science Systems. “This is the first time that these panoramas have been seen at this scale,” says exhibition co-curator Kristian Martin.


For more information, and ticket prices, visit http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/visions-of-the-universe.       

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