Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

By the Light of the Silvery Moon: Special Museum Open

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

By the Light of the Silvery Moon: Special Museum Open

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Byline: BARBARA HODGSON Reporter barbara.hodgson@reach.plc

AGIANT moon is ready to be unveiled at Life Science Centre in Newcastle following weeks of work, which included preparing an area big enough for what's set to be a shining light of a new exhibition programme.

Fans of the visitor attraction in Times Square will no doubt have been surprised by the venue's closure for the past few weeks.

It shut its doors on January 8 but is now ready for its reopening today, when visitors will finally have a chance to see what changes have been afoot.

Life's temporary closure was needed to carry out alterations and make ready to welcome Museum of the Moon - a new exhibition which is promising to be out of this world.

So, here's everything you will want to know about the new additions, including an upcoming 'Supermoon Supper'.

WHAT IS MUSEUM OF THE MOON? The huge moon exhibit is a touring artwork created by Luke Jerram.

He's a UK artist but his moon has already travelled far and wide. It has been exhibited internationally at the Commonwealth Games in Australia; around India, and in Denmark for the European Capital of Culture, so it has now been seen by millions of people throughout the world.

Following its Newcastle visit, it will go on to arts and cultural venues around the world.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? It is described as "massive, magnificent and mesmerising'". With a sevenmetre circumference, it won't be hard to miss on arrival.

It is suspended - although not as high as has been possible in some locations - and displays NASA images of the lunar surface, which means viewers will get to explore the moon in remarkable detail.

For those with a head for numbers, its approximate scale is 1:500,000, with each centimetre of the sphere representing five kilometres of the moon's surface. …

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