Visions of the Universe at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

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A new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich will reveal how advancements in astronomy have changed our understanding of the universe. They reveal the true beauty and intricate detail of the universe around us.

Visions of the Universe at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich
Clockwise from top left: Orion Nebula; Saturn’s moons Io, Europa and Ganymede;

the Andromeda Galaxy; the Crab Nebula [Credit: National Maritime Museum]

Captured using cutting edge telescopes and cameras that can detect infrared, ultraviolet and X-rays, these pictures provide views that would be impossible to see with the human eye.

They will now feature in a new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich opening in June that aims to show how astronomical imaging has transformed our understanding of our place in the vastness of space.

Among those to be on display are photographs taken by probes from the far side of the ringed planet Saturn, along with detailed surface pictures of the four largest moons orbiting Jupiter, which were first discovered in 1610 by Galileo, who is credited with having pioneered modern astronomy.

The exhibition will also feature pictures of Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, which were taken close up by the Galileo orbiter spacecraft that flew to Jupiter. 

The Hubble Space Telescope has also provided some of the sharpest images of objects far from our own solar system, including the Orion Nebula and the Crab Nebula – both huge clouds of interstellar dust and gas where stars are formed.

The centre piece of the new exhibition will be a thirteen metre long curved wall onto which the latest images from Nasa’s Mars Curiosity Rover will beamed back from the red planet.

* Visions of the Universe will open on 7 June until 15 September. Visit www.rmg.co.uk for more information

Author: Richard Gray | Source: The Telegraph [May 05, 2013]

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