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Rochester Cathedral hosts replica moon exhibition created by NASA images

Ever dreamt of flying to the moon?

Well now you won't have to travel 384,400km (238,855 miles) because the glowing sphere is coming to Rochester Cathedral.

Each centimetre of the sphere equates to 5km of the moon's surface. Pic: James Billings
Each centimetre of the sphere equates to 5km of the moon's surface. Pic: James Billings

A seven-metre replica of astronomical body will be suspended over the medieval nave for three weeks in February.

It's part of touring art installation The Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram.

The rocky surface has been created thanks to high definition imagery provided by NASA.

Each centimetre represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

Luke Jerram, the artist behind the Museum of the Moon, said: “I am delighted to bring Museum of the Moon to Rochester.

Rochester Cathedral, Rochester
Rochester Cathedral, Rochester

"For most people, this will be their most intimate, personal and closest encounter they will ever have with the Moon.”

The cathedral has been looking for new and exciting pop up events to encourage a diverse range of visitors.

This summer, it came under fire for installing a bridge themed crazy golf course in the nave, but it turned out to be pretty popular with putters.

In September, The Knife Angel, a striking 25ft-high statue made of 100,000 confiscated blades, was installed in the cathedral's gardens.

Vice Dean, Rev Christopher Dench, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting this stunning and awe-inspiring art work.

Each centimetre of the sphere equates to 5km of the moon's surface. Pic: James Billings
Each centimetre of the sphere equates to 5km of the moon's surface. Pic: James Billings

"The cathedral is a place where we welcome everyone to come and think, explore and contemplate their place in the world and the lives of others.

"This installation is the perfect complement to this, giving us all the opportunity to wonder and ponder on the beauty and scale of God’s creation and our role within it.”

Organisers will put on a lots of lunar-themed events alongside the exhibition, especially during half term.

There also will be concerts, lectures and evening receptions.

Opening times will be 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sundays.

The Knife Angel at Rochester Cathedral
The Knife Angel at Rochester Cathedral

There will also be some evenings where the cathedral will stay open for visitors until 9pm.

Entry to the cathedral during the day is free but there will be a charge for additional activities and evening openings.

For more information visit www.rochestercathedral.org.

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