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An exhibition brings together many science history firsts

By Laura Marsh  

The Butterfly Nebula, part of an exibition of astronomical images at the National Maritime Museum (© Nasa ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team)

This self-described “collection of some of the best astronomical photographs ever made” brings together so many science history firsts that it can be hard to form an adequate response. The exhibition starts with the origins of astronomical imaging, with hand drawings Galileo made as he looked through his telescope. It goes on to explain the significance of other landmark images, such as photographs Edwin Hubble took…

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