Curious? Art + Discovery: Hostile

Hostile, the next instalment of Curious, Art & Discovery, showcases extraordinary images by local amateur astronomers

The universe is usually described as beautiful by astronomers and gazed upon in wonder. From the smallest subatomic particles to the largest clusters of galaxies, the universe is both a hostile and beautiful masterpiece.

Hostile, the next installment of Curious? Art & Discovery, showcases extraordinary images by local amateur astronomers, selected (and commented upon) by astronomer, Dr Ain de Horta, and astronomy educator Raelene Sommer from the Western Sydney University Penrith Observatory. The wondrous back lit images of the Moon, the Sun, Tarantula Nebula, the Milky Way and the Carina Nebula are mounted on cylindrical plinths and accompanied by captions to gain a tangible sense of cosmic and geologic time, distance and scale, and a clearer understanding to the mysteries of deep space.

Amateur astronomers record images of astronomical objects and events in our sky, painstakingly tweaking them digitally until the perfect image is achieved. It is an art borne from a fascination of the night sky and the beauty in our universe.

Unlike professional astronomers, scientific research is not the aim of amateur astronomers. However, the images they create are valuable contributions to the science of astronomy. Amateur astronomers monitor stars and occulations, have discovered transient objects, such as comets, galactic novae or supernovae in other galaxies. The commitment and passion of amateur astronomers is at the heart of Citizen Science, enabling us to better understand the universe in which we live.

Recently, the Australian audience of Stargazing Live 2018, where over 40,000 stargazers participated, discovered two Type Ia supernovae, and the age of the cosmos, albeit slightly, was revised.

Curious? Head to The Joan and gaze in wonder at the majesty of the skies. Use the touch pad to do some star gazing and create a constellation of your own imagination with the star dot-to-dot!

Interested in looking further into the night sky? Penrith Observatory runs public astronomy events twice a month, school holiday workshops for children, and private group bookings. For more information: www.westernsydney.edu.au/observatory

Or join a local amateur astronomy group such as Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group (WSAAG) www.wsaag.org, or Macarthur Astronomical Society (MAS) www.macastro.org.au

FREE

  • Monday, Jun 4 2018 9:00am
  • Monday, Jul 2 2018 9:00am

The universe is usually described as beautiful by astronomers and gazed upon in wonder. From the smallest subatomic particles to the largest clusters of galaxies, the universe is both a hostile and beautiful masterpiece.

Hostile, the next installment of Curious? Art & Discovery, showcases extraordinary images by local amateur astronomers, selected (and commented upon) by astronomer, Dr Ain de Horta, and astronomy educator Raelene Sommer from the Western Sydney University Penrith Observatory. The wondrous back lit images of the Moon, the Sun, Tarantula Nebula, the Milky Way and the Carina Nebula are mounted on cylindrical plinths and accompanied by captions to gain a tangible sense of cosmic and geologic time, distance and scale, and a clearer understanding to the mysteries of deep space.

Amateur astronomers record images of astronomical objects and events in our sky, painstakingly tweaking them digitally until the perfect image is achieved. It is an art borne from a fascination of the night sky and the beauty in our universe.

Unlike professional astronomers, scientific research is not the aim of amateur astronomers. However, the images they create are valuable contributions to the science of astronomy. Amateur astronomers monitor stars and occulations, have discovered transient objects, such as comets, galactic novae or supernovae in other galaxies. The commitment and passion of amateur astronomers is at the heart of Citizen Science, enabling us to better understand the universe in which we live.

Recently, the Australian audience of Stargazing Live 2018, where over 40,000 stargazers participated, discovered two Type Ia supernovae, and the age of the cosmos, albeit slightly, was revised.

Curious? Head to The Joan and gaze in wonder at the majesty of the skies. Use the touch pad to do some star gazing and create a constellation of your own imagination with the star dot-to-dot!

Interested in looking further into the night sky? Penrith Observatory runs public astronomy events twice a month, school holiday workshops for children, and private group bookings. For more information: www.westernsydney.edu.au/observatory

Or join a local amateur astronomy group such as Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group (WSAAG) www.wsaag.org, or Macarthur Astronomical Society (MAS) www.macastro.org.au

FREE

This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia.

     

And presented in partnership with Sydney Science Park.

     

provides a focal point for performing arts activity in the Western Sydney Region