An out-of-this-world experience

Leicester's British Science week celebrations launched on Friday, and are now in full swing.

The week started with a special event in the Cathedral where a giant, inflatable, detailed replica of the Moon was set up. Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon was brought to Leicester by Professor Turi King as the centrepiece for the week's events. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

During the weekend, on 11 March, members of the public were also invited to learn some fascinating science facts and try their hands at a few experiments set up in Highcross Shopping Centre.

Since the 9 March, the University's Planetarium has also been located in Leicester Cathedral. Upcoming events this week include a 'Faith in Science discussion and a Rockets Talk on Wednesday 14 March.

As well as events organised by our University there are also a number of exciting events running throughout the city- including space demos at the National Space Centre, a Question Time! Space BBC Leicester event, an art and science collaborative 'Brief Encounters' exhibition and more! View the full schedule of city events here.

  • Find out more about British Science Week at Leicester here.
  • Watch footage of Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon at Leicester Cathedral:

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