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Ely Cathedral Science Festival – The Sky’s The Limit!

May 19 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until June 9, 2019

Saturday 18 May – Sunday 9 June *(Sunday opening 12pm – 4pm)
(Excluding Saturday 1 June)

A spectacular science event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and explore what the future holds for humanity.

Lift up your eyes and experience the Museum of the Moon, a 7 metre diameter lunar replica hovering above the Cathedral’s nave.

Come and explore the wonders of space through themed activity nights and an interactive ‘space’ exhibition including space suits and meteorites.

Experience the National Space Centre’s Star Dome.

Immerse yourself in talks on space travel, aliens and the future of our planet given by leading experts including the Astronomer Royal Lord Rees; presenters from The Sky at Night – Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott; Dallas Campbell and Matthew Bothwell.

Museum of the Moon
Museum of the Moon by UK artist Luke Jerram will be on display in the Cathedral’s nave throughout the Science Festival. Measuring an impressive seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approx scale of 1:500,000, each cm of the internally lit replica represents 5km of the moon’s surface. This extraordinary installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and a surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones

Space Exhibition
Orbiting around the Museum of the Moon will be a display of intriguing and inspiring exhibits including a replica of the space suit worn by Neil Armstrong, an ancient star atlas, astronomical diagrams from the 17th century and the first ever printed map of the moon, on loan from the Institute of Astronomy. There will be fragments of Meteorites and space food for astronauts including a bacon sandwich made in collaboration with Heston Blumenthal for Tim Peake’s trip to the International Space Station.The quirkiest item in the exhibition has to be a space toilet! There will also be exhibits from the Cambridge Science Centre and a stunning lunar-inspired art exhibition called ‘Moon-shot: Woman on the Moon’ by ESERO-space Ambassador, Helen Schell. These large scale works of art will utilise the magnificent setting of the Cathedral and encourage visitors to explore the space themed exhibits on display.

Admission: Includes entry to the Cathedral.
Adults £9. Concessions £6. Children free. Cathedral pass holders free.
(Special Events – see individual pricing – no Cathedral admission fee)


May 19
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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