Beyond Cosmic Light – Japanese “Light: Beyond the Bulb” exhibitions continue throughout 2016

During 2015, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has created a special Japanese version of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) project Light: Beyond the Bulb that will continue to share the wonders of “light from the universe” well beyond the IYL 2015.

During 2015 in Japan, many activities were implemented as part of IYL 2015 Japanese efforts in the astronomy field, focusing on education and new nationwide outreach initiatives. On the IYL 2015-Japan website, the number of Cosmic Light related events reached almost half of the total number of activities registered, showing the high level of engagement among Japanese astronomers, educators and outreach professionals in celebrating the importance of light for astronomy.

In the framework of Light: Beyond the Bulb (LBTB) – the open-source international exhibition program for the IYL 2015 that showcases a variety of light-based science images, and one of IAU Cosmic Light cornerstones – NAOJ decided to create a Japanese version of this exhibition.

As Japanese astronomy sparkles the interest of the audience, the Japanese version of Light: Beyond the Bulb created celebrates numerous discoveries of the wonders of “light from the Universe” themes – from X-ray, visible light, infrared, to radio waves. The chosen images span from Subaru Telescope to ALMA, and many other NAOJ-related projects.

Trying to maximize the reach and legacy of the exhibition, NAOJ has made all the materials free to download for anyone that wishes to print it. And to those that cannot afford to print the panels, an itinerant version has been produced, where any interested institution can lend it for free.

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