Press Release: 21st May 2008

Science Photo Library Brings the Stars to Liverpool in a Preview Exhibition for the International Year of Astronomy 2009

Date: 7 - 29 June 2008 admission FREE

Location: Albert Dock, Liverpool, UK

Photo: Pleiades Star ClusterPhoto: Albert Dock

Left: Pleiades star cluster (M45), Robert Gendler / Science Photo Library
Right: A test panel at the Albert Dock

The world's leading specialist picture agency Science Photo Library (see note 1) sponsors a breathtaking exhibition 'From Earth to the Universe' at the Albert Dock (see note 2) Liverpool from 7 - 29 June 2008. This majestic photographic display is a visual journey through the wonders of the Universe, taking us more than 40,000,000,000,000 kilometres away. The exhibition is part of the forthcoming celebrations of The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) (see note 3) and co-sponsored by Astronet (see note 4).

The aim of The IYA2009 is to celebrate astronomy's contributions to society and culture, and to stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy. 'From Earth to the Universe' shows images by some of the world's best astrophotographers and is a cornerstone project for the year. To reach the widest possible audience for this travelling exhibition, it will be displayed in non-traditional public venues such as parks and gardens, shopping malls, metro stations and airports in major cities across the world. Liverpool was chosen to host the prototype display being the European Capital of Culture for 2008.

Albert Dock Director, Joe Edge says:"We are delighted to be displaying such magnificent pieces of photography at the Albert Dock. As 2008 marks such a huge year for Liverpool, people from all around the world will be visiting the Dock and this display gives them the chance to see something unique in an unusual setting. The exhibition will be mounted along the railings of the Colonnades, from Nauticalia to Tate Liverpool. We have always felt that displaying such exhibitions furthers the Albert Dock's ethos of providing each visitor with a totally unique experience. We are sure this exhibition will be appreciated by tourists, locals and businesses in and around the Albert Dock."

Sales and Marketing Director of Science Photo Library (SPL) Maria Storey says:"It has always been a core aim of SPL to make science more accessible through our imagery, and develop communications between scientists, the public and the media. As you walk through the exhibition 'From Earth to the Universe' it feels easy to appreciate the beauty of the universe through this amazing imagery. Our minds are also challenged to understand the sheer size of some of these objects, the huge distances involved, and the smallness of man's position within it."

Prints of all images in this exhibition are available to purchase from www.sciencephotogallery.co.uk from 9 June 2008 onwards.

Notes to Editors:

1. Science Photo Library (SPL) is the world's leading specialist picture agency with a collection of more than 250,000 images. Although SPL covers all of science, from aerodynamics to zoology, the company is particularly proud a very long history of working closely with astronomers and astrophotographers. SPL represents several of the most prestigious multinational observatories in the world, and works alongside the scientists of NASA and the European Space Agency. To learn more about Science Photo Library, please visit www.sciencephoto.com

2. The Albert Dock in Liverpool is the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in Britain. With around four million people visitors each year, the Dock is the most visited, multi-user attraction in the UK outside London. Today the Albert Dock consists of over 25 retail, and houses several unique visitor attractions such as: Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story, and Merseyside Maritime Museum. To learn more, please visit www.albertdock.com

3. The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) is an initiative of UNESCO. The vision of the IYA2009 is to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day and night time sky - and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery. All humans should realize the impact of astronomy and basic sciences on our daily lives, and understand better how scientific knowledge can contribute to a more equitable and peaceful society. IYA2009 events and activities will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations. To learn more, please visit www.astronomy2009.org

4. Astronet was created by a group of European funding agencies in order to establish a comprehensive long-term planning for the development of European astronomy. The objective of this effort is to consolidate and reinforce the world-leading position that European astronomy has attained at the beginning of this 21st century. To learn more, please visit www.astronet-eu.org


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