A stunning new photographic exhibition will allow visitors to journey to the farthest reaches of the Sun’s planetary domain at Queensland Museum.

Michael Benson’s Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System, which opens this Saturday 4 March, features 64 photographic images of our solar system based on scientific data from far-flung robotic spacecraft.

These visions of breathtaking alien beauty will be combined with exotic sounds developed by the legendary Brian Eno, the father of ambient music.

The images have been created from raw data from the 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 our own eyes.


Otherworlds presents the opening of the solar system to human eyes for the first time,” Benson says. “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.”

Queensland Museum CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller says Benson’s exhibition truly represents the intersection 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 says.


Michael Benson’s Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System will run from Saturday 4 March to Sunday 2 July, and will be one of the exhibitions hosted by Queensland Museum during World Science Festival Brisbane. Entry is free.