Earth Day: “Our Place in Space” arrives in Northern Ireland on April 22nd!

Our Place in Space debuts in Derry-Londonderry on 22 April, on the occasion of Earth Day: an amazing journey through our solar system, recreates it through a 10 km sculpture path that explores what it means to be inhabitants of our planet.
Hosted by the Bay Road Park on the banks of the River Foyle, it will be in Derry-Londonderry until 22 May and subsequently from 10 June to 10 July it will be transferred to Belfast (between Divis and Black Mountain), while from 30 July to 28 August it will be set up in Cambridge, to return to Northern Ireland from 17 September to 16 October, between the Ulster Transport Museum and the North Down Coastal Path.

This incredible installation is the fruit of the work of a very special team, led by acclaimed Northern Irish artist, illustrator and writer Oliver Jeffers, who grew up in Belfast and currently resides in New York.
Its particular sculptures, 4 meters high, undoubtedly contribute to making it unique, including scale models of the sun and each of the planets of the solar system: a fun attraction and at the same time an immersive learning experience, it can be explored in person, but even anywhere in the world through an interactive augmented reality (AR) app.
And for the entire period of its presence in the different locations that will host it, it will be accompanied by a wide program of live and virtual activities and events.

A fun program with the attempt to beat a record to reflect on how to better live on Earth

On Saturday 23 April, the day after the official debut, the Nerve Center – producer of Our Place in Space – will give life to a curious happening, attempting to beat the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as astronauts.
The current record counts 257 astronauts and the spacesuits worn must meet stringent criteria as set forth by the Guinness World Records. And to make sure everyone is ready for the mission,
Our Place in Space will host a series of workshops prior to the attempt, providing all the materials needed to best craft your costume. Open to space explorers of all ages, the event offers the opportunity to be involved in a fun, truly unique cosmic mission and to feel part of a record-breaking undertaking.

The “ground control” during the day will be led by Mark Langtry, television presenter and referent of Explorium, the Irish national science center. To make the party atmosphere even more joyful there will also be circus performers, special guests and surprise prizes will be drawn for some of the best costumes.
The Our Place in Space app will be available on Apple and Android devices and will allow users to take a walk through the solar system, exploring planets and even 10,000 years of human history on Earth through augmented reality.
Through the app it will also be possible to collect space souvenirs, including characters from the world of Oliver Jeffers, but also to launch a personalized star into space.
The main purpose of the project is to invite people to understand what it means to live on Earth in 2022 and to reflect on how human beings could better protect our planet in the future.


From creating a star to writing a symphony for the universe, inventing a new form of transport to connecting with space observers in Vietnam, Our Place in Space will ensure that the gaze on the solar system is no longer the same. same. The route is one of 10 major creative projects part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022.
To develop the idea of Our Place in Space, Oliver Jeffers worked with a team that includes the Nerve Center, a major creative arts center based in Derry ~ Londonderry, as well as award-winning composer, producer and sound artist Die Hexen , astrophysicist Stephen Smartt of Queen’s University Belfast and many others.

More infos here: https://ourplaceinspace.earth/

The 7 wonders of the ancient world: how they were and how they are today.

Once the Mediterranean basin was the scene of a history that changed the civilization of humanity forever. In a geographical area that was already beautiful for its views, what were for centuries the seven wonders of the ancient world were built. But what happened to these incredible historical sites and what are they like today?

Hanging gardens of Babylon

Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Hanging Gardens of Babylon- Image by Carla216 from Flickr

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Hanging Gardens of Babylon today
Hanging Gardens of Babylon today- Image by David Stanley from Flickr

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are probably the wonder of the ancient world which, to this day, is still shrouded in total mystery.
The theories about its original position are varied and even doubts about its real existence have arisen in the past about it.
It even seems that it was just a private building with a few terraces.
The fact that the Euphrates already passed at the point where they were placed in the imagination of the first historical reconstructions, even suggests that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were not located in Babylon but in Nineveh.

The Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes

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Image by Manfred Richter from Pixabay

The history of the Colossus of Rhodes also has many variations and fascinating points. Its real position is not entirely certain, given that, according to some historians, the position of the statue could have been on one side rather than as the gateway to the port.
Its construction took place in 304 BC after Rhodes repulsed an invasion attempt by Demetrius I Poliorcete.
The statue, 32 meters high, was erected in honor of Elio, the patron god of the Rhodians. In 653 Rhodes was conquered by the Arabs and the statue was taken away in pieces.
It is said that it was resold in Syria and never found again. Over the years there have been various attempts at reconstruction, tenders and more, but, to date, the entrance to the port remains as you can see in the photo.

The great pyramid of Giza

The great piramid of Giza
Image by Ramon Perucho from Pixabay

Also known as the Pyramid of Cheops, the pyramid of Giza is the largest of the three pyramids of the homonymous necropolis.
This is undoubtedly the best-preserved wonder of the ancient world and the only one that is not in a state of ruin or lost forever.
The pyramid is made up of almost two and a half million blocks, measured almost 147 meters in height which over the centuries have been reduced to the current 139 meters and seems to have been built over a period of time between 15 and 30 years.

The ancient lighthouse of Alexandria

Ancient Alexandria Lighthouse
Image by Arthur Balitskii from Shutterstock

The ancient lighthouse of Alexandria is the wonder that has endured the longest over the centuries if we exclude the pyramid of Giza.
It was built in 305 BC by the new ruler Ptolemy I, part of an urban restructuring plan of the time and to make the navigation of the seas in the area safer.
The first earthquake in Crete, in 1303 and a subsequent one twenty years later, damaged it irreparably.
In 1968, UNESCO, during some underwater expeditions, found some remains of the lighthouse but subsequently abandoned further research.

The temple of Artemis in Ephesus

Artemis Temple
Image by Arthur Balitskii from Shutterstock

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Artemis Temple ruin today
Image by Dennis Jarvis from Flickr

You can see it from the pictures above. Very little remains of the majestic temple of Artemis, if not its history. Located in Turkey, in Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis boasts a very long history. It seems that the area was already frequented by the Bronze Age, but the first two temples were built and rebuilt only between the 8th and 7th centuries BC. Between 580 and 560 BC a large temple was built in line with those present and subsequently the construction of a Greek temple in marble. The temple was burned in the July of 356 BC, rebuilt and destroyed by the invasion of the Goths in 263 AD. Its marbles were reused and in 401 AD it definitively fell into disrepair

Zeus statue in Olympia

Zeus statue in Olympia
Image by Ingrid und Stefan Melichar from Pixabay

The statue of Zeus in Olympia measured about twelve meters in height and was made by the Greek sculptor Phidias in 432 BC.
The statue was to complete the temple of Zeus whose construction was completed around 456 BC.
The statue remained in the temple for 800 years then Caligula was the first to do everything possible to bring it to Rome.
Only in the fifth century, however, Lauso, a high Byzantine official managed to include the statue of Zeus in his collection of a palace in Constantinople which was later destroyed in a fire in 475.
…and with it also one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world …

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
Image by Multipedia from Shutterstock

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Mausoleum of Halicarnassus today
Image by Shadowgate from Flickr

The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was a tomb that Artemisia had built for her husband and brother Mausolus. It is located in Bodrum, once Halicarnassus and, destroyed by an earthquake, it preserves only a few ruins of what was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. It was built by Pitide and artists such as Briasside, Leochares, Timoteo and Skopas worked on it.

Yukon: the land of light

In a time when cities are expanding and it seems difficult to find a corner of the world in which to find peace, space to admire the world and nature, the Yukon is the place that still preserves that “simple” soul where you can enjoy things essential and more natural than life. Here being able to look up towards the sky and admire the stars without being disturbed by too many artificial lights is the simplest you can do.

Between the end of August and April the greatest spectacle is represented by the stars that form the Milky Way but above all by the Northern Lights, which performs its colorful dance in the northern skies.

If in winter it is the arctic light that enjoys playing with the colors of sunset and sunrise, in spring and summer everything changes gradually as the days go by. With the beginning of spring, the days get longer until the sun never sets in March.

The light that lasts 24 hours could create discomfort and generate strange behaviors but, at the same time, it also gives some advantages that only in the Yukon and other northern lands exist: if you want you can start reading a book at midnight sitting in front of your window or maybe go out at 2 am to go for a run. The peak of summer, or rather the solstice, arrives on June 21st and, in the Yukon, you can take the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle then take a selfie with the sun chasing the clouds all day.

View down highway, snow, Ogilvie Mountains along the Dempster Highway
© Government of Yukon

If at the Arctic Circle the sun never sets in summer, it is true that the same happens with the famous phenomenon that photographers know as the “golden hour”. It is the moment when the sun sets, the sky is colored with incredible shades and for photographers it becomes the best time to capture breathtaking images. In the Yukon and with the midnight sun, the golden hour can last for hours. If you have the time and desire to take pictures, get ready and enjoy!