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Prize for Illustration 2015 – Eleanor Taylor

Today’s guest blog is by Eleanor Taylor, who won this year’s Prize for Illustration competition with a beautiful picture of our Observatory. She talks about her choice for the competition and the processes involved.  When I received the competition brief from the AOI and London Transport Museum for London Places and Spaces I…

Astro Art: cosmic bodies and our solar system

In this new Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year-inspired blog post about astronomically-themed objects from the Museum’s collections, I am looking at planets and other cosmic bodies in our solar system. Celestial globes, armillary spheres and orreries are not only useful astronomical tools; they can also be objects of astounding…

Astro Art: Moon and Sun

In the last couple of blog entries, I have looked at some fascinating objects from the Museum’s collection, using the categories of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition as a guide. Prompted by the solar eclipse, I am tackling two (new) categories at once, the Moon and the Sun, mankind’s most…

Astro Art: Skyscapes

Until the fairly recent advent – or wider use – of photography, astronomers had to rely on artists (or indeed use their own artistic skills!) to record the objects they observed, and disseminate these images to fellow scientists and the public alike. Stimulated by the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the…