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2009-07-31 12:43 AM
"Astro-photography exhibition"

Astro-photography exhibition, an exhibition of over 90 striking photographs featuring dramatic images of atmospheric phenomena, is on view at the Museum from now through December.

In connection with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), which is a global celebration of astronomy and its contribution to society and culture and marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei, the Museum presents the spectacular astronomy photography exhibition. The exhibition conveys the impressive beauty of atmospheric phenomena and human's concern about the universe.

Since prehistoric times, the night sky has been a source of wonder, inspiring people to make images. This exhibition brings together over 90 works from 28 professional and amateur astronomers, photographers and artists across Taiwan. They explore themes ranging from star clusters, eclipses, comets, lunar phases to planetary movements. Astro-photography exhibition highlights some of the wonders of our universe as seen and captured by amateur astronomers. They capture fascinating images of the sky with home-built equipment on a mountaintop, at a parking lot, or even on their balconies.

Among these selected submissions, Cheng Fu-ting, student at China Medical University, Taiwan, outstands with his work "The Track of Earth's Variable Rotation." His image of the track of Earth's variable rotation was shot at long exposures by means of a single-lens camera with a tripod, to give the effect of the night sky revolving around the Polestar.

"The vision of the International Year of Astronomy is helping people rediscover their place in the universe," said Dr. Chen Hui-hwa, the organizer of this exhibition.

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