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Linen Hall Reaches for the Stars with Astonishing Astronomical Exhibition Images of Starlight

25 July 2016


On Tuesday 2 August 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.

Stunning selection of hi-res pictures are available on request. Contact Linen Hall Library PR and Marketing Officer Rachel Wetherall at r.wetherall@linenhall.com or Tel: 028 9032 1707.

The Irish Astronomical Association (IAA) is a registered charity dedicated to promoting interest in, and information about, astronomy and space, and related topics. It is the oldest and largest astronomical society in Northern Ireland. For more information visit www.irishastro.org.

The Irish Astronomical Society (IAS), founded in 1937, is based in Dublin and is the longest established astronomical society in Ireland. The Society is a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation made up and funded by members with an interest in promoting amateur astronomy, and sharing the beauty of the night sky with the general public. For more information visit www.irishastrosoc.org.

The Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS) is an umbrella group of astronomical clubs and societies throughout Ireland, and is made up of nine constituent member clubs. With 2,200 subscribers, IFAS operates Ireland’s largest astronomy community website and discussion forum at www.irishastronomy.org.

The Linen Hall Library, one of Belfast’s oldest charities, is open free to the public.
Our opening hours are Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.