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A Saturday spent in Space

February 12, 2016

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The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
www.nhm.ac.uk/otherworlds
Adult £9.90 • Child and concession £5.40 • Family £26.10 • Under 4 – Free

I am fascinated by Space, Planets, Stars, I’m obsessed with Time Travel films and I’m constantly wondering ‘Who else is out there?’ So when I heard about the Natural History Museums OtherWorlds exhibition, I was rearranging my Saturday plans faster than you can say “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Immersing myself in these beautiful but completely unknown OtherWorlds became top priority of the Weekend.

The Beard came with of course and I even dragged along my Sister and my nephew too (we wanted to show him the dinosaurs). We unfortunately had to queue outside in the wind for about half an hour which is when I suddenly remembered why we should never visit the NHM on Saturdays, but it turned out to be worth it.

So what is the OtherWorlds exhibition? Basically, a very clever chap called Michael Benson has taken black and white images captured by both NASA & the ESA on multiple Space missions and has spent, well, a really long time, processing these images, adding colour and basically bringing them to life, showing us how they really look.

It’s as if Michael took a trip to Space and then blew up his holiday snaps for us all to see. Crisp and clear images of our solar system took our breathes away as we wandered around the 77 images of pure beauty. Seriously these images are stunning. Even the terrifying ginormous Sun manages to look beautiful as it burns away at 15 million Degrees Celsius. Wow.

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I’m not ashamed to admit that I spend far too much time thinking about Life outside of Earth. I was kind of gutted they didn’t discover a single living thing on our Brother Planet, Mars. Although according to NASA’s research, Mars once had fresh, possibly drinkable water once flowing on it. And with Mars being the same age as Planet Earth, why is it that Earth gave birth to life, but not Mars??? Why??? We need answers.

Mars is completely untouched by any life form (although we might of ruined that) and it is such a beautiful planet; it’s thought Earth may have once looked like this too…

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Of course not everything is as beautiful skin deep. Whilst Michael may have allowed us to see the beauty of Space, NASA’s data proves that things get ugly on the surface. My favourite piece was a gorgeous picture of Venus, the planet we associate with Love & Harmony. It looks beautiful, so calm and peaceful. Yet the surface of Venus couldn’t be further from this, with Michael describing it as a boiling hot hell with temperatures being upto 462 Degrees Celsius. Ouch.

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As beautiful as Venus may be, and as captivating as both Saturn and Jupiter are, after looking through all of these fantastic images, I personally found our home, Planet Earth, to be the most beautiful planet. It has so much colour and personality and looks completely different to all the other planets and easily stands out the most, maybe not in size, but definitely in beauty. Just look at it.

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Wanna see something else beautiful? How adorable is my nephew in these pictures with his Mum?? Unfortunately the Dinosaur section was closed (which they failed to tell anyone as hundreds of us joined a half hour long queue!) but he certainly enjoyed seeing Dippy the Diplodocus, the museum’s resident Dinosaur. Awwwww.

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Will you be heading to OtherWorlds?? What’s your favorite Museum or previous/current Exhibition? I’d love to know in the comments below.

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