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.

Twenty panels in total from the exhibit displayed at the Astronomy and Scientific Information Space, in Mitaka, Tokyo from September 26 to October 25.
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Twenty panels in total from the exhibit displayed at the Astronomy and Scientific Information Space, in Mitaka, Tokyo from September 26 to October 25.

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. 

Groups of school children visiting The Kitamurayama Audio-Visual Education Center in Murayama City, Yamagata Prefecture hosted December 18, 2015, to January 29, 2016.
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Groups of school children visiting The Kitamurayama Audio-Visual Education Center in Murayama City, Yamagata Prefecture hosted December 18, 2015, to January 29, 2016.

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.

About National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) is the national centre for astronomical research in Japan and was established in 1988 and possesses one of the most advanced observing facilities in the world. As an Inter-University Research Institute, it promotes the open use of these services among researchers throughout Japan and encourages international cooperation.

About IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) is IAU's hub for coordinating its public outreach activities around the world. The aim is to build networks to support and disseminate information to the amateur astronomy and public outreach communities and to ultimately make it easier for the public to access information about the Universe. The Office for Astronomy Outreach is based in the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Tokyo.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.

Contacts

Lina Canas
Assistant Outreach Coordinator
International Astronomical Union Office for Astronomy Outreach / National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
lina.canas@iau.org

Yukiko Shibata
Public Outreach Official
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan / International Astronomical Union Office for Astronomy Outreach
shibata.yukiko@nao.ac.jp

Taiga Hamura
Public Outreach Official
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan / International Astronomical Union Office for Astronomy Outreach
hamura.taiga@nao.ac.jp

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
john.dudley@univ-fcomte.fr

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
light2015@ictp.it