Visions of the Universe

When presented with these photographs of space, it’s very difficult not to start channelling Professor Brian Cox and start goofily grinning while muttering ‘awe-inspiring’ and ‘beautiful’.

Butterfly Emerges from Stellar Demise in Planetary Nebula NGC 6302

Source: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Butterfly Emerges from Stellar Demise in Planetary Nebula NGC 6302

For its upcoming Visions of the Universe exhibition, Royal Museums Greenwich has brought together more than 100 space images – from sources such as Nasa, the Russian space programme and the Royal Observatory – to explore the development of telescopy, photography and our place in the universe.

There will be breath-taking images such as this shot of the Orion Nebula, taken by the Hubble Telescope:

Hubble's Sharpest View of the Orion Nebula

Source: NASA,ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion

Hubble’s Sharpest View of the Orion Nebula

The rings of Saturn, taken by Nasa’s Cassini-Huygens Mission:

In Saturn's Shadow

Source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

In Saturn’s Shadow

And the classic Earthrise over the Moon shot, taken during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission:

Earthrise over the Moon, taken on the Apollo 11 mission
Earthrise over the Moon, taken on the Apollo 11 mission

The exhibition will also chart the development of astronomical imaging, starting with Galileo looking at the stars through a telescope, and moving all the way up to the latest cutting-edge images from space programmes around the world.

Bright layered deposits on Mars with clues of acidic water

Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Bright layered deposits on Mars with clues of acidic water

The show’s centrepiece will be the Mars Window, a 13x4m curved wall, onto which the latest images beamed back by Nasa’s Mars Curiosity Rover will be projected.

Visions of the Universe will be held at the National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 from 7 June-15 September.

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