Moon landing will provoke questions

The capsule which took Tim Peake to space and back will be partially eclipsed in Peterborough Cathedral when a giant moon is installed.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 5th October 2018, 2:31 am
Luke Jerramâ¬"s Museum of the Moon at the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK A large balloon covered in images of the surface of the moon from NASA has been installed in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building at the University of Bristol by local artist Luke Jerram. The installation is called the Museum of the Moon and is to mark the investiture of the new Chancellor, Sir Paul Nurse. 23rd March 2017. Carolyn Eaton/Alamy News Live

The Museum of the Moon will arrive at Peterborough Cathedral tomorrow (Friday) - allowing visitors to see the full wonder of Earth’s biggest satellite in the shadow of Tim Peake’s space ship.

The art exhibition will see a replica of the moon, measuring seven metres in diameter, placed inside the Cathedral.

The surface of the installation will be made of imagery taken by NASA.

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With the countdown before Tim Peake’s Soyuz space capsule leaves the cathedral about to begin, it is hoped the new installation - which will be in the cathedral until October 14 - will bring even more visitors - who will be able to ponder the mysteries of religion, science and space in the spectacular surroundings of the historic building.

The Very Rev Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said: “We are delighted that Museum of the Moon will join Tim Peake’s Spacecraft in the cathedral during our 900th anniversary year.

“Just as the cathedral has been lifting our eyes heavenward for centuries, so these contemporary works of art and science help us to do the same, prompting questions about our place in the universe, and the mystery and love of God that lie at the heart of it.”

During the art work’s stay in Peterborough, visitors will have the chance to dance in the moonlight, in a special silent disco in the cathedral.

The event will take place on Friday, October 12 from 7pm.

Visitors will be given their own headset as they take to the tranquil dance floor under the Museum of the Moon.

Tickets cost £5, and there will be a tuck shop and small bar on offer. A range of other events will also be taking place in the two weeks the moon is in the city.

The Soyuz will leave the Cathedral on November 5 after three months on display.

The capsule will head to Cardiff on the next leg of the nationwide tour, which is being hosted by The Science Museum.

To say a fond farewell to the space ship, a special event will be held on the evening of November 5.

The So Long, Soyuz event will start at 6.30pm in the Cathedral Cloisters, where hot drinks and hot dogs will be on sale.

As it is bonfire night, sparklers will be lit, before a video message from Tim Peake is shown on a screen in the Nave, followed by a retro space movie.

And at 8pm, visitors will have a final hour to look at the iconic capsule, before the exhibition is closed for the final time. Tickets for the event will cost £6.

For more information about any of the events at the Cathedral - or to book tickets - visit www,