When: 29th January 2016, from 6.30pm
Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
£: Free, but some events are ticketed
What is it?
The National History Museum’s After Hours Lates offer adults the chance to wander around the London museum at night, enjoy a drink or two and take part in special events.
Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System is a new photographic exhibition giving visitors the chance to embark on a stunning journey through space. To celebrate the new exhibition, this month’s Lates will have a space theme.
Special events during the evening will include a pop-up planetarium, interactive events with astronomy experts, space films and a meteorite-themed silent tour. There will be a botanical bar serving cocktails with a twist, as well as bars serving beer, wine, cider and snacks.
The Otherworlds exhibition itself contains 77 composite images, which represent a joining together of art and science. Artist, curator and writer Michael Benson painstakingly processed data from NASA and ESA missions to assemble the photographs for display.
Museum researchers have partnered with Benson to bring additional science background to the images. An audio commentary complements the striking visuals with insights into the work of leading museum scientists such as Dr Joe Michalski, who is investigating the geological processes that shaped Mars, to better understand the early life of our own planet.
The exhibition also features a soundscape of original music by Brian Eno.
More info: www.nhm.ac.uk
Images: NASA JSC/Michael Benson, Kinetikon Pictures, courtesy of Flowers Gallery.