The Centre for Life in Newcastle is taking an unusual look at people who stare deep into space to try to understand the mysteries of the Universe.
It is hosting an exhibition, first launched at the Royal Albert Hall, by professional photographer and amateur stargazer Max Alexander - who conceptualises the astronomers' work in a series of striking images.
Here he explains how the project took him to a Norfolk beach, a Welsh quarry and Sir Patrick Moore's back garden.
All images courtesy Max Alexander - whose project was sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and supported by the Royal Astronomical Society. Music courtesy KPM Music.
The photographs will be exhibited at the Centre for Life in Newcastle from 25 November 2009 to March 2010. Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 24 November 2009.