Visions of the Universe

National Maritime Museum

8 June – 15 September 2013

£4 with National Art Pass (standard ticket price £8)

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A captivating exhibition of celestial bodies, from 19th-century drawings to the latest pictures from the Hubble telescope.

Telling the story of our universe from the big bang to the present day, this exhibition reveals the wonders of deep space. Starting with Galileo, the first person to look at the stars through a telescope, Visions of the Universe charts the development of astronomical imaging, revealing the role that astronomers played in pushing forward the technology of cameras and telescopes, so that in 2013 we can see the weather on distant planets and look beyond the Milky Way into galaxies beyond.

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Visitors to the exhibition will take a visual trip through our solar system, encountering images of the Moon, Sun, the planets and deep space, before coming back to Earth to a selection of images that reflect our fascination with the night sky.

The photographs on display include the latest cutting edge images captured by NASA, the Russian space programme and some of the greatest telescopes in the world, as well as highlights from the last four years of the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm (6pm during summer holidays)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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