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Award winning night sky photographs on display at Coonabarabran ArtSpace

More than 20 award-winning photographs of the night sky are on display at the Coonabarabran ArtSpace, in the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre. The photographs form part of the national touring exhibition Winning Sky Photos 2017: The David Malin Awards.

Winning Sky Photos 2017 is an exhibition of the top entries from the astrophotography competition The David Malin Awards, an event organised annually by the Central West Astronomical Society as part of their annual AstroFest held at Parkes. The competition encourages photographers to use their vision, imagination and skill to produce inspiring and beautiful images of the sky.

The exhibition tour, organised by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, will be displayed in Sydney, Western Australia and Victoria, as well as Coonabarabran.

Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Manager of Economic Development and Tourism, Aileen Bell, acknowledged the importance of profiling the night sky saying, “pictures showing the beauty of our Australian night skies reflect the beauty and values of Australia’s first Dark Sky Park, which is right here in our own backyard”.

“This exhibition highlights not only the importance to us of a dark sky for scientific research but creates a curiosity about the Indigenous culture and the interdependence of people on a dark sky for survival,” he continued.

“Choosing Coonabarabran as a place to exhibit this display is an acknowledgement that the Dark Sky Park and the Astronomy Capital of Australia are synonymous with the night skies in Australia,” Mrs Bell said.

Among the photographs on display this year is the stunning image by James Garlick which showcases a special evening above Calverts Beach on the South Arm Peninsula of Tasmania as red airglow hits the sky.

Other photographs on display show the three (3) distinct nebulae in the Tail of Scorpius, comets travelling close to earth, stunning mosaics capturing the brightest part of our Milky Way, the Emu constellation amongst several other significant stars, constellations and clusters, plus so much more.

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Last Updated: 04 May 2018