On Tuesday, August 2, at 12midday, the Linen Hall Library will exclusively launch Images of Starlight, an astonishing collection of astronomical pictures jointly produced by the Irish Astronomical Association (IAA), in conjunction with the Irish Astronomical Society (IAS) and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS). Includes previously unseen pictures taken in Northern Ireland.
From the sparkling curtain of the Milky Way to romantic moonscapes to the electric colour undulations in the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), Images of Starlight dramatically captures the mystery, infinity and beauty of the universe. It also demonstrates how the rapid advance of technology allows today’s astronomers to take photos of better quality than those taken by the biggest and most advanced professional telescopes before the digital era.
Astronomers up and down the country submitted work to be included in this collection, which was launched in Dublin by the Irish Astronomical Society earlier this year to great acclaim. Over 60 photos of extremely high quality were selected, printed at large scale to the highest possible standards by Canon Ireland and professionally mounted.
Included in Images of Starlight are the Irish winners of the International Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, organized by the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London. It also features what is believed to be the largest and most detailed image of a constellation ever taken by an astrophotographer.
On the launch day there will be three talks by astronomers involved in the exhibition at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. There will be a display of equipment used for viewing and imaging the night sky, including binoculars, telescopes and cameras. Guidance and advice on imaging the night sky with standard DSLR cameras will be available together with information on the IAA.
Images of Starlight will run from Tuesday 2 August to Friday 30 September. There is no charge to view the exhibition.
For more information about these events and the Linen Hall Library in general, please visit our website at www.linenhall.com.