The Cooper Gallery’s Space Odyssey 2019

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 exhibition, produced by the Royal Observatory, celebrates the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos taken by astrophotographers around the world.  

The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley is proud to showcase the out of this world exhibition; particularly as it is the first time the images will be seen outside of Greenwich. 

The stunning photographs which include breath-taking scenes of the Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy and the Running Man Nebula will be on display in the Gallery from Saturday 26 January to Saturday 27 April and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

In 2018, the competition entered its 10th year, receiving over 4,200 submissions from 91 countries. These extraordinary photos captured all manner of celestial spectacles: moons, stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and some of the great astronomical events of the last year. Prizes are awarded by the Royal Observatory in eight different themed categories, as well as a Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition for entrants under the age of 16. There are also two special prizes: the Robotic Scope prize and the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer, all of which will be included in the exhibition.

An exciting events programme has been developed to support the exhibition, where visitors can expect to see a Cosmonaut space suit and Tim Peakes’ Space Food on loan from National Space Centre as well as take part in a wide variety of intergalactic activities. Schools can sign up to attend ‘Seeing Space’ workshops, aimed at primary school children; there will be cosmos crafts and most exciting of all, the silent disco! People are invited to pick up a headset and experience the incredible display of photographs in a unique and special way. With two channels to choose from visitors can select playlists that have been especially curated by the likes of Adrian McNally from The Unthanks, Prof. Joann Fletcher and many more.

Cllr Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “It is an honour for Barnsley to be the first to host such a prestigious exhibition outside of London.  Visitors will be blown away by the quality of the photographs included in the display and will have the opportunity to see some breath-taking images of space.  We are equally excited about the activities programme, which will run alongside the exhibition. There will be lots of interesting ways for people to be inspired by science and space travel.”

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