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From the Earth to the Universe

The fantastic images of the Universe captured by humanity’s fleet of ground and space-based telescopes are largely responsible for the magical appeal that astronomy has on lay people. Indeed, popular
images of the cosmos can engage the general public not only in the aesthetics of the visual realm, but also in the science of the knowledge and understanding behind them. IYA2009 is an unprecedented opportunity to present astronomy to the global community in a way that has never been done before. The “From Earth to the Universe” (FETTU) project is an exhibition arranged by the IYA2009 that will bring these images to a wide audience in non-traditional venues such as public parks and gardens, art museums, shopping malls and metro stations.

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caption: A prototype image panel at Albert Dock, Liverpool, UK. Photo: Gary Evans Plans are in place to host a prototype FETTU exhibition in June 2008 in Liverpool, UK that will showcase approximately 75 large images of astronomical objects. The prototype is being planned with principal sponsorship from Science Photo Library and additional support from ASTRONET. By undertaking this “dry run”, the hope is that more information will soon be provided to local organizers across the U.S. caption: This map identifies the locations where interest has been expressed in hosting an IYA image exhibition in 2009 (updated 08.05.08) (Image credit: NASA)


Liverpool FETTU exhibit
(28 May 2008)

View the final image panels (PDF 11.44 MB) of the Liverpool prototype exhibit . The images are reduced in quality so it would be a reasonable download size, but it gives a good feel for the exhibit if you can’t visit in person. The materials attempt to strike a balance between popular appeal, education, and mixing enough images without letting the casual viewer get overloaded. The schedule is on for installation on 5-6 June, in time for the 7 June announced opening.


More information and the latest updates are available here .



International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA)