Date: July 7, 2023

Venue: Alliance Française de Chiang Maï

An extraordinary exhibition titled "Unveiling Celestial Wonders: Connecting the Skies from the Ping to the Loire" has enthralled visitors in Chiang Mai. Held at the Alliance Française de Chiang Maï, this collaborative endeavor between the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) and the Embassy of France in Thailand, supported by the Franco-Thai Year of Innovation 2023, invites guests to embark on a captivating journey through the cosmos.

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 The exhibition's grand opening on July 7, 2023, was graced by distinguished guests, including His Excellency Thierry Mathou, the Ambassador of France in Thailand, Dr. Saran, the Executive Director of NARIT, Dr. Wiphu, the Deputy Director of NARIT, and Poksak Nilubol, the President of the Board of Trustees of the Alliance Française de Chiang Mai, were also present to commemorate this momentous occasion.


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This exhibition serves as a testament to the harmonious convergence of science, art, and cultural exchange. By strengthening the bond between NARIT and the French Embassy, this collaboration fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of the universe, nurturing the connection between Thailand and France.


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NARIT showcases a stunning collection of images capturing the ethereal beauty of celestial objects. Spectators are captivated by the mesmerizing interplay of stars, galaxies, and nebulae, reminding them of the vastness of the universe and their own place within it, evoking a profound sense of wonder and curiosity.


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Complementing the photographic masterpieces are exclusive virtual reality experiences including "Sky without Borders," an interactive virtual reality experience that immerses participants in the celestial realms. Powered by cutting-edge technology, visitors can traverse the cosmos, marvel at distant stars, and bridge the gap between imagination and reality and a cinematic portrayal of space by Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut who has ventured beyond the confines of our planet. Through his film, viewers are transported to the awe-inspiring vistas encountered by astronauts as they gracefully float amidst the expansive backdrop of the cosmos.


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As visitors embark on this cosmic odyssey, they are encouraged to embrace the boundless possibilities that await them. The exhibition aims to inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity within each individual, igniting the spark of innovation and collaboration.


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Located on the second floor of the Alliance Française, the exhibition is open to the public free of charge until August 4th. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the depths of the cosmos and witness the celestial wonders that connect the skies from the Ping to the Loire. Immerse yourself in breathtaking photographs captured by NARIT, experience the awe-inspiring cinematic journey of Thomas Pesquet, and step into the immersive universe of "Sky without Borders" virtual reality.