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Dublin photographers feature in outdoor astronomy exhibition

Images taken by five Dublin photographers are part of a new outdoor exhibition featuring astronomy photographs, that will hang at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) for the month of July.

The original exhibition features 23 images that have been selected from the entries to DIAS’s ‘Reach for the Stars’ astrophotography competition, which took place earlier this year.

The exhibition is free for anyone to attend, and can be viewed on the railings outside the DIAS building.

The Dublin photographers that feature in the exhibition are:

  • Anthony Lynch, from Mountpelier Drive, Dublin 7. Two images submitted Mr. Lynch have been selected for the exhibition. His image ‘Copper skies on the Copper Coast’ features the Milky Way, photographed from Ballydwan Beach on the Copper Coast in Waterford. His second image ‘Dublin Moonrise’ features the final full supermoon of 2020, captured at Sandymount Beach, Dublin.
  • Matthew Ledingham, from Dun Laoghaire, Dublin 18. His image ‘3 Quarter Snow Moon’ features the Moon, captured from Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
  • Jan Lackowski, from Palmerstown, Dublin 20. His image ‘Supermoon over Dublin’ captures a supermoon over Dublin’s Poolbeg Chimneys, taken from the Phoenix Park. A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the Moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.
  • Stefanos Politis, from Shankill, Dublin 18. His image ‘Meteorite over Valentia Island’ captures a meteorite over Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
  • Tom Dineen, from Castleknock, Dublin 15. His image ‘The Wizard Nebula’ was taken from his backyard in Castleknock, Co. Dublin, and shows the Wizard Nebula in the Cepheus constellation. Nebulae are giant clouds of dust and gas in space. This particular nebula is known for its unique shape and is located at a distance approximately 7,200 light-years away from Earth.

Tom Dineen, from Castleknock, captured this image ‘The Wizard Nebula’ from his backyard in Castleknock. It shows the Wizard Nebula in the Cepheus constellation. Nebulae are giant clouds of dust and gas in space. This particular nebula is known for its unique shape and is located at a distance approximately 7,200 light-years away from Earth.

Commenting on the exhibition, CEO and Registrar of DIAS, Dr. Eucharia Meehan, said: “Launching this exhibition is the final phase of our Reach for the Stars astrophotography competition, which ran for the first time this year. We are delighted to be able to showcase some of the fantastic images that were submitted and share the talent and creativity of the photographers with the public.

As an Institute that carries out research in astronomy and astrophysics, these images resonate greatly with us here and we appreciate the time and patience that went into capturing them. We hope people stop by to enjoy them, and appreciate their complexity.”

The exhibition is an open event that will run outside the DIAS building at 10 Burlington Road, Dublin, D04 C932.

It will be in place for the month of July and is free to attend.

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