Travel to the depths of space at Queensland Museum

03 March 2017

Journey to the farthest reaches of the Sun’s planetary domain at Queensland Museum through the stunning photographic exhibition, Michael Benson’s Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System, which opens on 4 March 2017.

Visitors can discover the intersection of art and science with 64 breathtaking photographic images of our solar system based on scientific data from far-flung robotic spacecraft, revealing places of breathtaking, alien beauty combined with exotic sounds developed by English musician and composer Brian Eno, the father of ambient music.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the exhibition, which provides Queenslanders with a unique opportunity to explore the solar system, was also an exciting precursor to the stellar programming to be offered for the 2017 World Science Festival Brisbane later this month.

“World Science Festival Brisbane brings some of the world’s most exciting scientists, engineers, innovators and artists to Queensland, while also showcasing our own ground-breaking research and inventions,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The Festival delivers on my Government’s Advance Queensland initiative, putting Queensland at the forefront of innovation in an era of global technological change, and highlights the opportunity this presents for technical and creative jobs of the future.

Queensland Museum CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller said artist Michael Benson has transformed space agency data into magnificent images of our solar system in an exhibition that truly represents the entanglement of art and science.

“This visually stunning exhibition is a showcase of planets that most of us can only dream of visiting, and through Michael Benson’s images they can navigate the solar system from the comfort of the museum,” she said.

The collection of images have been created from raw data from digital archives of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA), capturing planetary landscapes as they might look if humans could visit and view them through their own eyes.

Exhibition artist Michael Benson said the first image was from 1967 and the most recent taken from New Horizons spacecraft when it swept past Pluto in 2015.

“Otherworld’s presents the opening of the solar system to human eyes for the first time,” he said. “The exhibition makes the case that the visual legacy of five decades of planetary exploration constitutes an important chapter in the history of visual representation.”

Musician and Composer Brian Eno has created ambient soundscapes to accompany the planetary photography.

Michael Benson’s Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System will run from 4 March to 2 July 2017 and is one of the exhibitions hosted by Queensland Museum during World Science Festival Brisbane, entry is free and runs from 22-26 March, 2017. For more details go to

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