Donegal’s Skies with astronomer Brendan Alexander

Killygordon-based astrophotographer Brendan Alexander was the centre of media and internet attention earlier this year when his photographs of the Northern Lights over Donegal were widely published, both in Ireland and internationally.

Killygordon-based astrophotographer Brendan Alexander was the centre of media and internet attention earlier this year when his photographs of the Northern Lights over Donegal were widely published, both in Ireland and internationally.

Now, the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks has invited Brendan to create a large scale exhibition of his remarkable works and the resulting show, Donegal Skies, will be officially opened at the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, this Saturday night, September 30 at 7.30pm.

With an interest in astronomy since childhood, Brendan has taken advantage of Donegal’s dark skies to record on film many of the spectacular events in the skies above the county in recent years. His profile in astronomy and astrophotography has grown with his work gaining exposure on RTE, BBC and The Irish Times, to name but a few. Several of these night sky shots have been used on the BBC flagship astronomy programme, The Sky at Night, presented by Sir Patrick Moore, and a number have been shortlisted for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award. One image will also be published shortly in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year publication. Brendan has also had two of his images selected for NASA’s prestigious Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Donegal Skies will be open to the public from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and at show times.

On Tuesday night, October 2, Brendan will give an illustrated presentation on his work, A Beginner’s Guide to Shooting the Stars, at The Abbey Arts Centre from 8.30pm.

A must for all with an interest in photography, astronomy or both as Brendan Alexander delivers a presentation on his work and the techniques he uses to capture his remarkable images of the night skies over Donegal. Admission is free and all are welcome, booking on 071 985 1375.