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UCL North Cloisters and North Quad Observatory

25 October - 8 November 2018

 

Together, we as artists JG and JG were invited to Arizona to bring light to astronomy for a month in May 2012. We became the first artists-in-residence at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and Kitt Peak at 2096 metres in southern Arizona. Night after night, we observed the vast clear skies through the powerful telescopes. It was like being in a time machine seeing into the past. Six months later we spent a month in the southern hemisphere in Chile at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), which coincided with the launch of the powerful Dark Energy Camera (DECam). On the summit undertaking the largest survey of the southern skies to record information from millions of galaxies, billions of light years from earth, we witnessed  the hunt for dark energy. This extraordinary event at 2700 metres in the Andes Mountain facilitated our meeting with Ofer Lahav, Head of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL), which led to our ongoing residencies at UCL. In 2015 we experienced a further residency at the Mauna Kea observatories  (MKO) with Gemini North, Keck and Subaru in Hawaii on the summit of 4205 metres, breathtakingly beautiful and exhilarating, a ‘sky island’ towering 40% into the atmosphere.

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