Astrophotography and Rare Meteorite exhibition
On Monday 3rd July the Irish Astronomical Association (IAA) will proudly launch “Heavens Above”, an exhibition of astonishing photographs of the sky taken exclusively by members of the Association in the Carnegie Library Bangor. The exhibition will run to 29th July. The exhibition has previously been staged at a number of high profile venues with huge popular acclaim, including the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, the Lisburn Island Arts Centre, the Clotworthy House gallery, Antrim and the St Patrick Centre, Downpatrick.
The exhibition will also feature a display of meteorites or space rocks which originate from asteroids, the Moon and even Mars before they make a fiery landing on our own planet Earth. These meteorites are both rare and valuable and this is your chance to get up-close with these remnants from the solar system’s other worldly bodies. The meteorites have been provided by IAA members, Dr Mike Simms and David Collins and they can be viewed in the Library’s special display cases.
The exhibition launch at 2pm on the 3RD July (which is open to the public) will be opened by Professor Stephen Smart from QUB and it will also feature short talks by Dr Mike Simms on Meteorites, and by IAA President, Paul Evans on Night Sky photography. If the sky is clear telescopes will be available to provide safe viewing of the Sun. Tea and coffee will be served beforhand at 1.30.
Covering a range of subject matter from the mysterious clouds of the Milky Way, through the electric colours of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) down to the detailed capture of time-critical celestial events such as Solar and Lunar eclipses, this exhibition is a must see for everyone.