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Review – Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System at the Natural History Museum from 22nd January until 15th May 2016



A meeting of art and science takes place with Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System, a new photographic exhibition at the Natural History Museum, running from 22nd January until 15th May 2016.


Michael Benson and Dr Joe Michalski

The Museum has worked with artist, curator and writer, Michael Benson to bring these images to London for the first time. The 77 composite images represent a joining together of art and science. Benson processes data from NASA and ESA missions to assemble the photographs for display and the exhibition highlights the complex interaction from the data sent from satellites or spacecraft to earth and the way that photographs are often built up by specialists to increase the amount of visual information. The award winning Michael Benson takes the whole process one stage further to create stunning images to replicate what we might see if we could travel across the universe. The exhibition also features a soundscape of original music by Brian Eno who is best known for his collaborations with Roxy Music, David Bowie and Talking Heads.


Highlights include:

A Plutonian haze – When NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft flew by Pluto in July 2015, it uncovered a dwarf planet of immense scientific complexity. In a world-first, a colourised image of Pluto will be on public display, revealing the mysteries of our System’s best known dwarf planet.

Enceladus vents water into space – In 2009 NASA’s Cassini mission captured images of Saturn’s sixth largest moon Enceladus spraying water into space from its southern polar region.

A Warming Comet – The oddly twin-lobed Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko vents gas and dust, captured by ESA’s Rosetta probe flyby last July. Outflows and jets of cometary material can be seen as the comet heats up.


Museum researchers have joined with Benson to bring additional science background to the images and the exhibition has developed an audio commentary which includes some insights into the work of leading Museum scientists such as Dr Joe Michalski, who is investigating the geological processes that shaped Mars .


This visually stunning exhibition illustrates the beauty and diversity of our own and other planets, unmanned spacecraft have provided information and photographs that are leading scientists to question some long-held assumptions and look for new answers. This is an exciting way for art and science to come together and will be of interest to a wide range of people with an interest in space and the universe.


Visitor Information

Dates : 22 January – 15 May 2016

Times: 10.00 – 17.50

Admission: Adult £9.90, child and concession £5.40, family £26.10.

Free for Members, Patrons and children under four.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the National History Museum website here

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