Shooting stars: exhibition showcases photos of sky at night
‘Images of Starlight’ displays some stunning pictures of space by Irish astronomers
The Central Milky Way seen from Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales. The image show the centre of our galaxy which is rich in bright nebulosity as well dark obscuring clouds of dust and gas which show up as dark lanes in a sea of stars. Photograph: John O'Mahony
The Orion Nebula photographed from Balbriggan, Co Dublin by Carl O’Beirne
The International Space Station photographed from Balbriggan, Co Dublin by Carl O’Beirne
‘Auroral Reflections’ in Downings, Co Donegal taken by Brendan Alexander
‘Four Planets’: the composite image of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn was taken by John McKeon
Jupiter and its moon Io photographed from Co Westmeath by Aiden Dunne
The Flame Nebula and Horsehead Nebula photographed from Glasnevin, Dublin by John Dolan
The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula photographed from Spain by Brendan Kinch
The diamond ring effect photographed from Turkey by Dave Lillis
‘Blue Sky Moon’: photographed from Monasterevin, Kildare by Michael O’Connell. The photograph won the ‘Our Solar System’ category in the 2008 International Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
Part of the Orion image by Tom O’Donoghue and Olly Penrice. It was captured over a four-year period, with the image processing taking a further six months to process
Visitors to the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin are in for a rare treat next month during the first major exhibition of photography by Irish astronomers.
The art of capturing the stars on film and, more recently, with digital cameras has become very sophisticated, but as you can see from the examples here Irish astronomical photographers are no slouches. The photographs by enthusiastic astronomers were taken from various locations around Ireland and from locations abroad favoured by clear skies and reduced light pollution.