Last month saw the appearance of the last supermoon of the year. For many, such an event is the best chance to see the moon up close. But here in London, we’ve got an even closer-up vision of the glowing orb to enjoy. That’s because Luke Jerram’s stunning Museum of the Moon has returned to the capital once again, with a residency at Southwark Cathedral until October 28.
Londoners will be no strangers to Jerram’s work, with his models of Earth and Mars completely dominating social media feeds when they pop up. And with the much-mythologized nighttime sight dropping down in Southwark Cathedral today, we’re lucky enough to be treated to yet another stunning display.
What is the Museum of the Moon?
For those unfamiliar with the large artworks, Jerram takes super-detailed NASA imagery and lays it over enormous spherical sculptures. His work encompasses a number of celestial bodies, with the result being a stunning up-close representation of the far-off sights.
Museum of the Moon is perhaps Jerram’s most famous piece, and it has appeared all over the world. It’s been found in the parks of Romania, spinning above a swimming pool in Italy, and even attending Glastonbury!
Visitors can get right up close and visually trace the gulfs, valleys, and landmarks that cover the moon’s surface. Meanwhile, a special soundtrack from BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones surrounds visitors with an enchanting soundscape.
As if that wasn’t dazzling enough, the Museum of the Moon is also complemented by a selection of events that take advantage of the glowing lunar body to add a completely unique touch. After all, why wouldn’t you throw a few events and parties when there’s a bloomin’ moon in the room?!
A Museum of the Moon candlelight concert
One such event is a candlelight concert, where candles and moonlight will illuminate a live performance from a string quartet. The quartet will enchant guests with classic tunes from sci-fi and fantasy soundtracks, with music from famed titles such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, and more. But sadly, if you waited too long – it’s already completely sold out!
There are also more scientifically inclined events taking place, such as talks about the moon and its significance in our understanding and exploration of space. These talks, from The Average Scientist, find astrophysicists breaking down just what it is about the moon that affects us so much, as people and as a planet. Find out more here.
You certainly don’t want to miss out on your chance to see the Museum of the Moon, particularly in such a gorgeous setting. But act fast, because it’s only around for a couple of weeks! For an extra special visit, check out the Lunar Lates, where you can experience the Museum of the Moon at night.
Museum of the Moon will be at Southwark Cathedral, SE1, from October 10-28. Find out where it will pop up next, here.