A mesmerising, new touring artwork of our home planet has arrived at the award-winning Science and Discovery Centre, W5.

As part of the 2019 NI Science Festival, the visually stunning artwork ‘Gaia’ by UK artist Luke Jerram, will be exhibited at W5 until Sunday 24 February and will give visitors the opportunity to see planet Earth like never before!

Showing an astronaut’s view of planet Earth, the art installation measures seven metres in diameter and features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.

Gaia, which in Greek mythology is the personification of the Earth, creates a sense of the ‘Overview Effect’, a phenomenon that astronauts experience when viewing the Earth from Space, in which they feel a sense of awe and a renewed sense of responsibility for the planet.

“Unlike the moon, which we have been gazing at for millennia, the first-time humankind got to see the Earth in its entirety as a blue marble floating in space was in 1972 with NASA’s Apollo 17 mission. At this moment, our perception and understanding of our planet changed forever.” Jerram said.

The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface. A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the installation.

Gaia is free with admission to W5 and on display until Sunday 24 February. Visit www.w5online.co.uk for further information.

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