Who thought that one day moon would come visiting us on Earth and we would be in love with it like never before? I have always been fascinated by this astronomical body that revolves around Mother Earth. Unlike our planets or satellites that are far, far away and cannot be seen without the telescope, moon has always been easy to spot with our naked eyes. In fact, each one of us has grown up seeing the moon as it is the closest celestial body that exists around Earth. This natural satellite is not only about starry nights but it has always been an inspiration for artists, poets, singers and more. In India, Moon enjoys a special stature as its different shapes and phases play an important role in our Hindi calendar. Personally, ever since I had read about Neil Alden Armstrong, I have always felt a strong connection with the moon. Last but not the least, how can a married lady forget to talk about ‘Karvachauth’, the famous fasting festival in India. On this day, married women keep a fast for the whole day and break it only after the moon graces the occasion.
How did the Moon come visiting us?
Interesting, the moon has come on a visit on Earth. The Moon has come to India through Luke Jerram’s art work. This 23-feet wide, replica of the moon called ‘Museum of the Moon’ is nothing less than a dream. It is a beautiful piece of work that leaves the onlookers awestruck. I know it because I was lucky to see it in Mumbai a few weeks ago when it was stationed near Gateway of India. This artistic model of the moon has been to some of India’s most iconic spots. It has travelled from National Gallery of Modern Art Bengaluru to the Gateway of India Mumbai to the City Palace Udaipur to the Victorial Memorial Hall, Kolkata. And finally it is at the iconic British Council headquarters in New Delhi till 01 March 2018! This artwork is also one of the ways through which British Council is celebrating 70 years in India.
Delhiites, this is your chance.
Trust me, it is a visual spectacle. I was waiting for the Moon to come to Delhi but due to some reason I had to miss the media preview. However, I had got in Mumbai. This was almost like travelling to the Moon and back. I am sure it sounds exaggerated but it was truly spectacular. A huge balloon, a complete replica of the moon was very strategically placed at the gateway of India. It enhanced the beauty of the surroundings by a hundred times. A lot of work has been done to make it as real as possible. One centimeter of it represents 5 kilometers of lunar surface. To give you an idea, here are the pictures from my Mumbai visit.
This moon carries the imagery from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and is created by the UK Space Agency. The moon is going to be here till 1st March. Go and enjoy it at the iconic British Council headquarters.