The organizers said that the response received so far from those who have heard about the program has been surprising. ‘Many educational institutions have inquired about the possibility of Luke Jerram’s lecture. Luke Jerome will be speaking at Thiruvananthapuram CET, International School and Priyadarshini Planetarium in the coming days. Most gratifying is the response from the American Consulate. US Consul General Christopher Hodges has informed that he will reach Thiruvananthapuram from Chennai tomorrow night to see the ‘Museum of Moon’. The installation will be on display for a single night at Kanakakunnu as a prelude to the Global Science Festival Kerala starting in January. The exhibition is free,’ say the organizers.
The Museum of the Moon has been created by Luke Jerome by combining the original images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera installed by NASA on the moon. By combining them, a 23 meter wide high resolution image was prepared at the Astronomy Science Center in America. After twenty years of efforts, Luc Jerum organized the first exhibition in 2016. It was then invited to different parts of the world and exhibited in more than a hundred places.
In every centimeter of this lunar sphere, 5 km of lunar surface is seen. Humans can only see one side of the Moon from Earth. If you look at the moon through a telescope, you will not get the experience of seeing it as a sphere, except that you will see it a little closer and bigger. The Museum of the Moon provides an opportunity to see the Moon up close in its own form, including the other side of the Moon which has never been seen.
Place this seven-meter diameter moon sphere at the height of a three-story building. As the light similar to moonlight illuminates the surface from within, you get the feeling of having a shining moon in front of your eyes. The screening will also feature music composed by BAFT award-winning musician Dan Jones.