Since 2016 the Moon has been circling the globe, lighting up spaces from Bilbao to Beijing including abbeys and swimming pools. This six-metre model features meticulously detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, ambient moonlight and an evolving soundscape. It's at the Natural History Museum in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
It is big!
But it is not that huge size as I would have imagined myself sitting by its side. Probably because it is attached to the ceiling. As you may know, everything hung above us looks smaller. This applies to the real moon as well. Still I am super excited to see the details of the moon closely even I do not know much about astronomy.
Considering lots of visitors are just like me, the museum has arranged special performance with dancers and narratives to talk about the stories of moon. Its uses as calendar, timekeeper, or the driving force of tides thus forming the ecosystem for the sea are delivered by the interactive performance.
The artist Luke Jerram actually made a number of moons in varied sizes and they are showing in the same time but different places. Thus if you see someone is showing another moon in their social media, it may also be authentic.
Never mind, it is the right time to bring your little ones and join the show for this summer.
Museum of the Moon
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
17 May 2019 – 5 Jan 2020
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