The "Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Planets, Constellations, and Nebulas Through the Eyes of Photographers From All over the World" exhibition

On Thursday, 29 June 2017, the Polytechnic Museum, in association with the Royal Observatory Greenwich, is opening the "Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Planets, Constellations, and Nebulas Through the Eyes of Photographers From All over the World" exhibition. The exhibition, timed to coincide with the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, will showcase astronomy photographs, Polytechnic Museum exhibits, and books from the Polytechnic Museum library.

Starry Photographs

People have always wanted to make distant space objects appear closer and see what is hidden by the distance. Every year, the Royal Observatory Greenwich offers astronomy photographers from all over the world the opportunity to send their best shots. These shots can become a part of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, held by the Royal Observatory. In 2016, the Observatory received over 4,500 applications from over 80 countries. The photographs captured all sorts of space objects (stars, planets, galaxies, and nebulas) and major astronomic events of the past year. The applications were separated into eight subject-based categories as well as one additional category for participants under 16 years old. Following the competition, 31 prize-winners were selected. You can see the prize-winning photographs at the exhibition of the Polytechnic Museum in VDNH.

Astronomical Instruments

In addition, the exhibition will display items from the museum collection which, at different times in history, allowed humanity to become closer to distant space objects. This includes telescopes and other astronomical instruments. Visitors will see telescopes made by George and Peter Dollond, the famous English optical instrument makers who lived in the 18th century; a transit instrument from the latter half of the 19th century; and a heliostat, an amazing instrument designed by Zilberman that saves the initial direction of light beams during the day. The exhibits also include the AT-1 telescope, which was invented specifically to observe the first artificial satellite of Earth, and a telescope designed by Pavel Argunov, an amateur astronomer.

Rare Books with Sky Maps

At the exhibition in the Polytechnic Museum pavilion at VDNH, you can also see books from the Museum Library. Among other things, you can view Johannes Hevelius's star atlas. The book includes brief information on the Samarkand Observatory of the 15th century and its head, the famous Uzbek astronomer Ulugh Beg. The publication fully reproduces the star atlas created in the 17th century by the famous Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius, one of the first European scientists to include the catalogues of Ulugh Beg in his treatise. Moreover, the exposition also includes a star atlas by the Russian astronomer and former Director of the Pulkovo Observatory, Alexander Mikhaylov. His atlas, considered to be the most complete, consists of 20 maps, covering the whole sky from the North to the South Pole. The maps depict over 8,500 stars — more than even the sharpest unaided eye can see.

VENUE: Pavilion No. 26.
TIME: Tuesday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
ATTENTION! The exhibition is closed on Mondays. The last Wednesday of every odd month is a maintenance day.
PRICE: Free admission.