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The Sun: Living with our Star – The Science Museum, London

Written by on 5th April 2018

Spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts and stunning imagery shed fresh light on humanity’s relationship with our closest star.

Set at the centre of our solar system, the Sun’s brilliant light shapes our sense of time, health and environment.

People have tried to harness its power and uncover its secrets since the dawn of civilisation. From beautiful early Nordic Bronze Age artefacts that reveal ancient beliefs about the Sun to details of upcoming NASA and ESA solar missions, this special exhibition tells the story of humankind’s dependence upon and ever changing understanding of our star.

The Sun - Apollo Sun God

Images of Apollo – The Sun God – have been used to identify apothecaries

Featuring breathtaking visuals and interactive experiences, students can bask in sunlight on our indoor beach, virtually try on a range of historic sunglasses in a digital mirror and see the Sun rise in different seasons and locations around the world on a huge illuminated wall display.

The exhibition is split into four sections:

MOTION AND TIME
Uncover how people have made sense of the motion of the Sun across the sky from the religion of the Norse Bronze Age to the enlightenment, and how we have used that motion to define and measure time.

An Orrery

An original orrery – representing perceived planetary motions around the sun

LIGHT AND HEALTH
Explore our understanding of the effects of sunlight on the body, from early twentieth century treatment of diseases like tuberculosis to our more recent knowledge of its dangers while still playing a role in good health.

ENERGY AND POWER
Find out about key developments in humanity’s quest to harness the power of the Sun, from the burning mirrors of ancient China, to the vast solar arrays of today.

THE SUN AND WORLD
Learn how scientists are still trying to understand the Sun to better prepare for the potentially catastrophic effects of space weather.

VENUE: The Science Museum, London. Special Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 1

DATE: 6 October 2018 – 6 May 2019

PRICE: From £15— free for kids aged 16 and under.

 


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