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Leo Enright will open exhibition of the winners of the International Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

A spectacular photo exhibition Images of Starlight by Irish amateur astronomers and photographers will opens to the public from 2-21 February at the National Botanic Gardens, in Glasnevin, in Dublin.

It will be opened by Leo Enright, these days a distinguished space commentator, broadcaster and lecturer but who in the late 1980s was RTE’s London correspondent.

Leo, who has broadcast live commentaries on every major space event since the first Moon landing said: “Those who attend will be able to see many intriguing photographs of the solar system, our galaxy the Milky Way and other galaxies.

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“It is a rare opportunity to view the highest quality astronomical images. For example, the exhibition includes what is believed to be the largest and most detailed mosaic image of a constellation ever taken by amateurs.”

Many of these objects are millions of light years away but visitors will be able to see them up close and be surprised that they cross over their own back gardens at night.

The images on show will feature Irish winners of the International Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition organised by the Greenwich Observatory in London.

The free event is organised by the Dublin based Irish Astronomical Society (IAS) and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS).

More info here: www.botanicgardens.ie

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