Departure lounge ramblings on music, places, climate change and stuff outdoors

The Rainbow Star

It was a pleasure to sneak into the Astronomy of Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Greenwich Royal Observatory yesterday and see Steve Brown’s wonderful collage of Sirius (above). Capturing the shifting colours of the brightest star in the northern sky, a result of atmospheric distortion owing to Sirius’ preferred position close to the horizon, the photograph is both a work of art and science.

The exhibition also features a stunning shot of a Maasai nomad instructing his son in the art of reading the night’s sky, ‘A Wise Son Makes a Glad Father‘, and a clever photograph of star trails captured in the small square of sky exposed above the courtyard of a Hong Kong residential tower, ‘City Lights

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