Ancient Light: A Portrait of the Universe

David Malin reveals the secrets of the night sky
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David Malin, Star trails around the South Celestial Pole

1 / 12 David Malin, Star trails around the South Celestial Pole

David Malin, Comet Halley (12 March 1986)

2 / 12 David Malin, Comet Halley (12 March 1986)

David Malin, CG4, Cometry globule, 'The Hand of God' in Puppis

3 / 12 David Malin, CG4, Cometry globule, 'The Hand of God' in Puppis

David Malin, IC 2118, the Witch's Head nebula, in Eridanus

4 / 12 David Malin, IC 2118, the Witch's Head nebula, in Eridanus

David Malin, NGC 1566, a Seyfert galaxy in Dorado

5 / 12 David Malin, NGC 1566, a Seyfert galaxy in Dorado

David Malin, NGC 253, a galaxy in Sculptor

6 / 12 David Malin, NGC 253, a galaxy in Sculptor

David Malin, NGC 6193 in Ara

7 / 12 David Malin, NGC 6193 in Ara

David Malin, NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) in Centaurus

8 / 12 David Malin, NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) in Centaurus

David Malin, M83, a spiral galaxy in Hydra, as a negative

9 / 12 David Malin, M83, a spiral galaxy in Hydra, as a negative

David Malin, Abell 1060, a galaxy cluster in Hydra

10 / 12 David Malin, Abell 1060, a galaxy cluster in Hydra

David Malin, The Helix nebula in Aquarius

11 / 12 David Malin, The Helix nebula in Aquarius

David Malin, The Horsehead nebula, dust and gas drift in Orion

12 / 12 David Malin, The Horsehead nebula, dust and gas drift in Orion


Renowned astronomer David Malin invented new ways of capturing the unseen universe on photographic plates, which lead to the discovery of two new types of galaxies. His ground-breaking and beautiful images, brought together in his latest book, Ancient Light: A Portrait of the Universe, illustrate how long exposures taken with telescopes can reveal stars and distant galaxies too faint to be seen by the naked eye. They also outline the importance of photographing the night sky: by studying galaxies, we learn about our origins and perhaps our destiny; the origins of the ingredients of life and the destinies of stars like the Sun and the planets associated with them. 

Ancient Light was shortlisted for the 2010 PHotoEspana Festival’s Best International Book award, and will be included in a special selection of titles housed at the Matadero Madrid as part of the Festival, which runs until 25 July.

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