Major space exhibition promises trip through solar system

Date Posted: 14/06/2013

Students can embark on a journey through the solar system when visiting the National Maritime Museum’s new exhibition, Visions of the Universe, now open until 15th September.

This major new exhibition, which opened on 7th June, looks at the development of telescopy, photography and our understanding of our place in the cosmos.

Starting with Galileo - the first person to look at the stars through a telescope - Visions of the Universe charts the development of astronomical imaging, which now means we can see the weather on distant planets and look beyond the Milky Way into galaxies beyond.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is the ‘Mars Window’ - a 13-metre curve wall onto which the latest images beamed back by NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover are projected.

Photographs on display include the latest cutting edge images captured by NASA, and the Russian space programme, and comprise the moon, sun, the planets, and deep space.

School trip information

Teachers booking school groups of ten or more to see Visions of the Universe can take advantage of discounted ticket prices, with a concessionary rate for students under 15.

The National Maritime Museum schools programme offers a variety of on-site sessions catering for Key Stages 1 to 5.

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Photo credit: Andromeda Galaxy, Photographer Aggelos Kechagias, 2010

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