Good news for stargazers. Now you don’t have to wait until space travel becomes an affordable option to see the Moon in all its glory. The “Museum of the Moon” exhibit, a touring artwork installation by UK-based artist Luke Jerram, is coming soon to Europe, and it’ll allow visitors to get up close and personal with the Moon’s surface.
Measuring 23 feet in diameter, with a scale of 1:500,000, the internally lit spherical sculpture will give a scientifically accurate, detailed representation of the moon’s surface. Creator Luke Jerram explains that since the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, and writers throughout history, he hopes his installation will continue that tradition, and highlight how different cultures interact with the exhibit. “Some visitors lie down and moon-bathe,” he said, “and once in Bristol we had an unexpected group of visitors who arrived in slow motion to the exhibition dressed as spacemen!”
True to the celestial body that inspired it, the Museum of the Moon will not be stationary, but travel across the world touring various countries. After spending part of the summer in China, the Museum of the Moon will land in Europe this fall, between September and November. It’ll pass through the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Finland, before making the long journey to Melbourne, Australia, where it will stay until spring 2019.
To bask in the moonlight yourself, check out the exhibit’s tour dates and details.