21-24 July 2022 Jodrell Bank Observatory

GAIA

BY LUKE JERRAM

A bluedot x Natural Environment Research Council co-commission with support from The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. Luke Jerram premiered a bespoke piece for the festival of our pale blue dot in 2018 and it returns to the bluedot cosmos for 2020.

To look back at the Earth from space, is one of the most profound experiences for all astronauts. People describe how precious the Earth looks. How there are no borders between countries and how fragile our planet seems. It is often an emotional experience.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, Earth will feature 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. A sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones, will be made for Earth and will be played within the space.

Created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot Festival and The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centre