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Visions of the Universe


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“To put it bluntly, this is the most beautiful and significant exhibition I have seen in ages”  ★★★★★ Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

Visions of the Universe shows how we have captured images of the heavens over the centuries, from the earliest hand-drawings to photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the very latest footage from the Mars Curiosity rover.

See an astonishing array of images of stars, planets and galaxies gathered from NASA, the Russian space programme, the European Southern Observatory and some of the greatest telescopes in the world, plus some of the best entries from the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Visions of the Universe will captivate anyone who has ever stared up at the night sky in amazement, and anyone who simply loves beautiful photography.

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Colours of space – BBC feature on Visions of the Universe

Mars Window

A highlight of the exhibition is the 13-metre long Mars Window, a panoramic projection of the Martian landscape as seen by NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers on the surface of the red planet. Each panorama has been painstakingly stitched together from dozens of individual images. Projected on a large scale, the installation gives the feeling of standing on Mars itself.

Greeley Panorama (Opportunity rover)The Mars Window – Greeley panorama (Opportunity rover). Credit: NASA 

Wolfgang Tillmans

Exploring the connections between art and science, Visions of the Universe also features photographic works by Turner Prize-winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Selected by the artist, the works include prints from his ‘Venus transit’ (2004) series and the large-scale ‘in flight astro (ii)’ (2010).

Expert Voices

The exhibition includes contributions and insights from prominent figures in the world of astronomy, including scientists Dr Chris Lintott and Dr Lucie Green from the BBC’s The Sky at Night, Mars explorer Professor Sanjeev Gupta of Imperial College, space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, astrophotographer Dr David Malin and Baron Rees of Ludlow, the Astronomer Royal.

Sir Patrick Moore, 1923–2012

Astronomy Photographer of the Year judge Patrick MooreThis exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Sir Patrick Moore – pioneer of lunar observation, presenter of the BBC’s The Sky at Night programme, popularizer of astronomy, and a long-standing friend of this Museum.

What's on show

  • Tower of gas in the Eagle Nebula
    Visions of the Universe
    Photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope, 2005 (NASA)
  • Star cluster Pismis 24
    Visions of the Universe
    Photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope, 2006 (NASA)

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Sammy Ofer Wing entrance (spotlight 1)

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