23-feet wide replica of the giant moon marvelled Mumbaikars

The British Council had brought Museum of the Moon to mark the last phase of the UK-India Year of Culture

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Mumbaikars get to see a 23-feet wide replica of the moon which was made using the imagery from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and created with the UK Space Agency. Museum of the Moon replica is created by British artist Luke Jerram which was placed at the Gateway of India on February 3 and 4.



The British Council had brought Museum of the Moon to mark the last phase of the UK-India Year of Culture and to launch 70 years of the British Council in India.

For eons, the moon has impacted society and culture; it’s been worshipped as a deity, used as a timekeeper, and has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians worldwide. Before gas lamps and electricity the moon was the only night-time source of light. It a vital light source for navigation and to work by. Living in cities, illuminated by electricity, we have in many ways become disconnected to the moon. I hope this project restores a sense of wonder, inspires questions and reconnects people with the night sky,” Luke Jerram, British artist.


Museum of the Moon was half a million times smaller than the real moon – meaning one centimeter of it represents 5 kilometers of lunar surface.

2018 marks 70 years of the British Council in India and the end of the UK-India Year of Culture. This year, we want to share the stories of the great things we’ve done together, tell new stories, and inspire millions of young people to develop connections for the next 70 years. We hope our own moon landing will be talked about for years to come,”Alan Gemmell OBE, Director India, British Council.

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