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Awesome pictures by stargazers in Northern Ireland on show in Belfast

By Cate McCurry

Stunning images captured by a number of astrophotographers from Northern Ireland are set to go on display in Belfast.

Photographs showing the city's lough at night, a full moon rising above Donaghadee lighthouse and a wolf moon - January's full moon - making its way past Harland and Wolff's Samson crane will form part of an exhibition at the Linen Hall Library next month.

The Images of Starlight show will be open to the public from August 2, and includes an astonishing collection of celestial pictures curated by the Irish Astronomical Association.

From the sparkling curtain of the Milky Way to romantic moonscapes and electric colour undulations in the Aurora Borealis, the exhibition showcases the sheer beauty and infinite nature of the universe.

It also demonstrates how rapid advances in technology have allowed today's astronomers to take photos of a better quality than those captured by the biggest and most advanced professional telescopes before the advent of the digital era.

Astronomers across the country submitted work to be included in the collection, which was launched in Dublin by the Irish Astronomical Society earlier this year. More than 60 photos were selected and printed at a large-scale by Canon Ireland.

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