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"Exploring the Cosmos: A Journey through the Telescope" In a vast expanse of darkness, our eyes turn towards the heavens

Background imageTelescope Collection: Messier objects, full set

Messier objects, full set
Messier objects. These 110 astronomical objects were catalogued by the French astronomer Charles Messier (1730-1817), a comet hunter who wanted to list the permanent objects in the sky that might be

Background imageTelescope Collection: Orion nebula

Orion nebula. Coloured composite infrared and visible light image of the Orion nebula M42. This emission nebula, a cloud of gas and dust in which starbirth takes place

Background imageTelescope Collection: Orions belt

Orions belt. Optical image of the line of three bright stars making up the belt in the constellation of Orion. The stars are, from lower left to upper right: Alnitak (Zeta Orionis)

Background imageTelescope Collection: Pillars of Creation

Pillars of Creation, combined Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope image. These towering columns are formed of interstellar hydrogen gas and dust

Background imageTelescope Collection: 1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young

1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young
Sir Isaac Newton ( 4 January 1643 -31 March 1727). English physicist and mathematician. 18th Century Mezzotint portrait after the painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller 1689, with later colouring

Background imageTelescope Collection: Thomas Cochrane / Dundonal

Thomas Cochrane / Dundonal
THOMAS COCHRANE 10TH EARL OF DUNDONALD British naval commander pictured with a telescope

Background imageTelescope Collection: Orion nebula (M42)

Orion nebula (M42), optical image. This is a huge starbirth region, where gas is coalescing to form new stars. Radiation from the hot young stars ionises the gases in the nebula

Background imageTelescope Collection: GALILEO: MOON. Sketches by Galileo of the moon as he saw it through the telescope

GALILEO: MOON. Sketches by Galileo of the moon as he saw it through the telescope, from his book The Starry Messenger, 1610

Background imageTelescope Collection: JAPAN: ASTRONOMY, 1936. Women watching stars. Color drawing, 1936, by Ota Chou

JAPAN: ASTRONOMY, 1936. Women watching stars. Color drawing, 1936, by Ota Chou

Background imageTelescope Collection: Napoleon I / Gillray / G III

Napoleon I / Gillray / G III
NAPOLEON I Cartoon of Napoleon I with George III in a Lilliputian context

Background imageTelescope Collection: Old Hartlepool Lighthouse, north east England

Old Hartlepool Lighthouse, north east England
View of the old Hartlepool Lighthouse, north east England (County Durham), completed in 1847. A man with a telescope scans the horizon

Background imageTelescope Collection: Crab nebula, composite image

Crab nebula, composite image
Crab nebula. Composite x-ray, infrared and optical image of the Crab nebula (M1), a remnant of a supernova that exploded in AD 1054

Background imageTelescope Collection: Galileos Telescope

Galileos Telescope
Galileos telescope

Background imageTelescope Collection: Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician

Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, theologian and occultist

Background imageTelescope Collection: Observatory at Delhi

Observatory at Delhi
Observatory complex at Delhi

Background imageTelescope Collection: Us-Space-Hubble

Us-Space-Hubble
This photograph released 24 April 2003, taken by NASAs Hubble Space Telescopes Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in May 1999, captures a small region within M17, a hotbed of star formation

Background imageTelescope Collection: An early daguerreotype of the moon, taken by John Adams Whipple

An early daguerreotype of the moon, taken by John Adams Whipple and George Phillips Bond with the 15-inch refractor at
DAGUERREOTYPE: MOON, 1852. An early daguerreotype of the moon, taken by John Adams Whipple and George Phillips Bond with the 15-inch refractor at the Harvard College Observatory in Cambridge

Background imageTelescope Collection: Peninsular War, with riflemen of 95th Reg

Peninsular War, with riflemen of 95th Reg
An action during the Peninsular War, with riflemen of 95th (Rifle) Regiment acting as snipers, 1810 (c).Watercolour attributed to Denis Dighton

Background imageTelescope Collection: Cover of Film Pictorial - September 1933 - Mickey Mouse

Cover of Film Pictorial - September 1933 - Mickey Mouse
Cover of Film Pictorial ( All Star Souvenir Number ) of September 30th 1933 featuring Mickey Mouse. Disney Copyright - essential to credit the copyright holder on any reproduction Date: 1933

Background imageTelescope Collection: Spiral galaxy NGC 2841, HST image

Spiral galaxy NGC 2841, HST image
Spiral galaxy NGC 2841, Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image. This galaxy lies around 46 million light years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major

Background imageTelescope Collection: Halleys comet, 19th Century artwork

Halleys comet, 19th Century artwork. 1835 woodcut print depicting the 1835 appearance of Halleys comet. Halleys Comet is the only naked-eye comet certain to return within a human lifetime

Background imageTelescope Collection: Light echoes from exploding star

Light echoes from exploding star
Light echoes from an exploding star. Hubble Space Telescope image of an illuminated dust shell around the star v838 Monocerotis

Background imageTelescope Collection: Napoleon and Spyglass

Napoleon and Spyglass
Mounted on his horse Marengo, He watches the progress of a battle with the aid of a spy- glass

Background imageTelescope Collection: Ring Nebula M57, Hubble image C017 / 3725

Ring Nebula M57, Hubble image C017 / 3725
Ring Nebula (M22, NGC 6720). Combined images from the Subaru Telescope and Hubble Space telescope of the Ring Nebula M57. The Ring nebula is a planetary nebula lying around 2300 light years

Background imageTelescope Collection: JOHN FLAMSTEED, c. 1700. Royal astronomer John Flamsteed, his one paid assistant, and friend, Marsh

JOHN FLAMSTEED, c. 1700. Royal astronomer John Flamsteed, his one paid assistant, and friend, Marsh, in the old observing room at the Greenwich Observatory, England. English color engraving, c. 1700

Background imageTelescope Collection: Cigar galaxy (M82), composite image

Cigar galaxy (M82), composite image
Cigar galaxy (M82). Combined optical, infrared and X-ray image of the Cigar galaxy (M82). This image was obtained by combining data from three of NASAs Great Observatories, found in Earth orbit

Background imageTelescope Collection: Spiral galaxy M81, composite image

Spiral galaxy M81, composite image. M81 is around 12 million light years from Earth, in the constellation of Ursa Major. It has a supermassive black hole at its centre

Background imageTelescope Collection: Kitt Peak Observatory and Milky Way

Kitt Peak Observatory and Milky Way
Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA, and the Milky Way. With 23 telescopes, this is the largest collection of astronomical instruments in the world

Background imageTelescope Collection: Kepler Mission space telescope, artwork

Kepler Mission space telescope, artwork. The NASA Kepler Mission is designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars

Background imageTelescope Collection: Mauna Kea telescopes and Milky Way

Mauna Kea telescopes and Milky Way. Silhouetted against a sunset glow are the Subaru Telescope (far left), the Keck I and II telescopes (centre left and centre)

Background imageTelescope Collection: Solar prominence

Solar prominence, ultraviolet SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) satellite image. The prominence (top right), is a dense cloud of plasma, or ionised gas

Background imageTelescope Collection: Helix nebula, planetary nebula

Helix nebula, planetary nebula
Helix nebula (NGC 7293), optical image. This is a planetary nebula, a series of shells of gas cast off from a Sun-like star towards the end of its life

Background imageTelescope Collection: Halleys Comet, 1910

Halleys Comet, 1910
Halleys Comet. Halleys Comet orbits the Sun every 76 years. This periodicity was discovered by Edmund Halley (1654-1742), after whom the comet is named

Background imageTelescope Collection: The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1803

The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1803
NCO190175 The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1803 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imageTelescope Collection: Lovell Telescope

Lovell Telescope
The brainchild of Sir Bernard Lovell, the Lovell Radio Telescope was for many years the largest in the world and dominates the Cheshire countryside for miles around. Date: 1960s

Background imageTelescope Collection: Transit of Venus, 8th June 2004

Transit of Venus, 8th June 2004
Transit of Venus. Composite image of Venus (black transiting the Sun on 8th June 2004. The images were taken from Waldenburg, Germany)

Background imageTelescope Collection: Merope star and nebulosity

Merope star and nebulosity
Merope star and associated nebulosity. Merope (23 Tauri) is one of the stars in the Pleiades open star cluster (M45). Unusually for a nebula, the gas and dust is not associated with the young stars

Background imageTelescope Collection: Cuthbert Collingwood

Cuthbert Collingwood
LORD CUTHBERT COLLINGWOOD English naval commander. Took command on Nelsons death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Background imageTelescope Collection: Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician

Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, theologian and occultist

Background imageTelescope Collection: Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, (19th century). Artist: Freeman

Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, (19th century). Artist: Freeman
Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, (19th century). Newtons (1643-1727) discoveries were prolific and exerted a huge influence on science and thought

Background imageTelescope Collection: Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer

Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) observing a lunar eclipse in Rome, Italy, in 1500. Copernicus was a Polish astronomer who studied in both Poland and Italy

Background imageTelescope Collection: William A. Doberck, Danish astronomer

William A. Doberck, Danish astronomer
William A. Doberck (1852-1941), Danish astronomer. Doberck became the first director of the Hong Kong Observatory from its foundation in 1883 until 1907

Background imageTelescope Collection: Whirlpool Galaxy

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC 5194), visible light image. The Whirlpool galaxy is locked in a gravitational interaction with the smaller irregular galaxy NGC 5195 (left of M51)

Background imageTelescope Collection: Large Magellanic cloud

Large Magellanic cloud
Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), infrared image. The LMC is a dwarf galaxy, and a satellite of our own Milky Way galaxy. It contains regions of emission nebula (green, yellow and red)

Background imageTelescope Collection: Optique Telescope / Didero

Optique Telescope / Didero
An optique telescope

Background imageTelescope Collection: Ufos / Adamski

Ufos / Adamski
Cigar-shaped Venusian interplanetary carrier photographed through a 6" telescope over Palomar Gardens, California; it was 50 km distant at the time

Background imageTelescope Collection: The astronomers waiting for the eclipse

The astronomers waiting for the eclipse
The eclipse expedition in India to observe the total eclipse of the sun. Mr. Norman Lockyer is shown seated a little to the left beneath the umbrella

Background imageTelescope Collection: Cook Lands in Nz

Cook Lands in Nz
Captain Cook is the first European to set foot in New Zealand



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"Exploring the Cosmos: A Journey through the Telescope" In a vast expanse of darkness, our eyes turn towards the heavens. The telescope, an instrument of wonder and discovery, unveils secrets hidden within the celestial tapestry. As we gaze upon Orions belt, we are reminded of the ancient navigators who used these stars to guide their way. With each lens focused on Messier objects, we witness a full set of cosmic wonders unfold before us. Like Sir Isaac Newton in his youthful portrait from 1689, we embark on a journey that transcends time itself. The Orion Nebula emerges like a vibrant painting in space, its ethereal beauty captivating our senses. We marvel at the Pillars of Creation - colossal structures where new stars are born amidst interstellar dust and gas. From Thomas Cochrane's observatory in Dundonald to Japan's astronomy enthusiasts in 1936 depicted by Ota Chou's color drawing; humanity has always sought solace under starlit skies. Galileo's sketches from "The Starry Messenger" transport us back to 1610 when he first beheld the moon through his revolutionary telescope. Even Napoleon I himself was captivated by this celestial tool as depicted by Gillray's satirical illustration. And let us not forget about Old Hartlepool Lighthouse standing tall along England's northeastern coast - a beacon guiding sailors while reminding them of distant galaxies yet to be explored. Amongst these wonders lies NGC 2841 - a spiral galaxy captured beautifully by Hubble Space Telescope imagery. Its mesmerizing form reminds us that there is still so much left unseen beyond our own world. Through telescopic lenses, humanity reaches for knowledge among twinkling stars and distant galaxies alike, and is an eternal quest for understanding that unites us all under one universal sky.