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New Exhibit Launches to Celebrate the International Year of Light

For Release: January 29, 2015

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Light takes on many forms that are largely invisible and undetectable without modern technology. Light allows us to communicate, entertain, explore, and understand the world we inhabit and the Universe we live in. Credits: IYL 2015/Light Beyond the Bulb. Individual images shown are featured at http://lightexhibit.org/photoindex.html

To celebrate the International Year of Light, a year-long initiative in 2015 endorsed by the United Nations, a new exhibit of spectacular images is being unveiled. This collection, called "Light: Beyond the Bulb," will allow individuals and organizations around the globe to freely host their own exhibit.

"Light: Beyond the Bulb" (LBTB) is an open-source international exhibition program that showcases the incredible variety of light-based science being conducted today. Accompanied by brief and informative captions, the images in the collection include examples from across the electromagnetic spectrum, across different scientific disciplines, and across technological platforms.

This is the latest incarnation of a "public science" project being led by the same team that created the "From Earth to the Universe" (FETTU) project for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, and others.

"Through the incredible work of organizers around the world, FETTU appeared in over 1,000 locations across the globe," said Kimberly Arcand of the Chandra X-ray Center who is one of the leads of LBTB. "We hope that many people will also be interested in hosting an exhibit that marks the wonders of light in all of its forms."

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