UNION, NJ – Union resident and astrophotographer Helder Jacinto opened his exhibit, “The Art and Science of Astrophotography”, at the Les Malamut Art Gallery on Saturday.

“I like the stars,” said Jacinto.  “Ever since I was a young child I have been fascinated with the night sky.”  Jacinto said he attached a camera to a telescope and produced his first astrophoto, which was a “blurry mess”.  He said he gradually learned what he was doing wrong and started getting better images.

All of the images, except the moon, sun and planets, took from 12 to 24 hours to produce.  The planet images took two years as each planet comes up at different times throughout the years.  Jacinto said he takes images over several nights to acquire the needed details.

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The exhibit includes images of the moon, planet, sun and stars, clusters and galaxies. 

“You can sit here and just believe you’re in a planetarium, said Township of Union Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo.  “The clarity is what amazes me.  And your passion amazes me as well.”

Jacinto’s exhibit will be at the Les Malamut Art Gallery, 1980 Morris Avenue, through October 31.