An exhibition brings together many science history firstsby Laura Marsh / June 6, 2013 / Leave a comment
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 in 1923, which proved that galaxies beyond ours exist. The beauty of these images is not overlooked. The winning entries from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition are on display too, with images capturing the skies in often personal ways.