From the 31st of October through November 3rd, the Waagplein in the Groningen city centre will be home to a 7-metre-wide lifelike scale model of the moon.
The illuminated mini-moon was created by English artist Luke Jerran and will be suspended over the Waagplein as part of the Let’s Gro-festival. Jerran used NASA satellite images to create a exact copy of the moon, which he called ‘Museum of the Moon’. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5 kilometres of the moon’s surface.
The moon model has already been displayed on many festivals and locations worldwide. During its tenure at the Waagplein in Groningen, the moon will be on display for 24 hours a day. You can gaze at it on your own, with friends or – twice a day – you can go on a ‘moon excursion’ with astronomers of the University of Groningen.