Dazzling 'Museum of the Moon' Exhibit Opens Today in NYC

Museum of the Moon
The Museum of the Moon art installation will be open in New York City Oct. 6-8. (Image credit: Getty Images for Audible)

NEW YORK — A new touring art display featuring a gigantic, glowing model of the moon has come to New York City. 

For this weekend only (Oct. 6-8), New Yorkers can see the moon on display at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan, where "The Museum of the Moon" artwork is part of the interactive exhibition, "Museum of Artemis: Life on the Moon." This is the first time this traveling exhibit has come to the United States.

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The exhibit takes readers on a tour through the world of "Artemis," a new book by Andy Weir, author of "The Martian." This science-fiction story chronicles the adventures of a young woman and criminal named Jasmin Bashara, a resident of the first and only city on the moon. 

In the exhibit, you'll see how Jasmine lived – where she slept, what she ate, and even the contraband she smuggled to the moon. You'll also hear clips from the audiobook, which is narrated by actress Rosario Dawson. Both the book and audiobook will be available Nov. 14. 

During a moon-lighting ceremony on Thursday (Oct. 3), astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (left), actress Rosario Dawson (top) and actor LeVar Burton pose for a photo. (Image credit: Getty Images for Audible)

At the end of the "Artemis" exhibit, you'll find the 23-foot-tall (7 meters) moon model suspended from the ceiling. Designed by the British artist Luke Jerram, this beautiful glowing orb features real NASA imagery of the lunar surface in stunning detail. "I've always been inspired by the moon, both the science and the art," Jerram said at a moon-lighting ceremony for the press on Thursday (Oct. 5). 

Admission into the museum is free, and it will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the exhibit, check out the Eventbrite page. You can pre-order the "Artemis" audiobook and other formats of the book on Amazon.

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at FutureFlight.aero and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at Space.com. As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.