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Spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts and stunning imagery shed fresh light on humanity's relationship with our closest star. Recommended for Year 5 upwards.

Set at the centre of our solar system, the Sun's brilliant light shapes our sense of time, our health and our environment. 

People have tried to harness its power and uncover its secrets since the dawn of civilisation. From beautiful early Nordic Bronze Age artefacts that reveal ancient beliefs about the Sun to details of upcoming NASA and ESA solar missions, this special exhibition tells the story of humankind’s dependence upon and ever changing understanding of our star.

Featuring breathtaking visuals and interactive experiences, students can bask in sunlight on our indoor beach, virtually try on a range of historic sunglasses in a digital mirror and see the Sun rise in different seasons and locations around the world on a huge illuminated wall display. 

The exhibition is split into four sections:


Uncover how people have made sense of the motion of the Sun across the sky from the religion of the Norse Bronze Age to the enlightenment, and how we have used that motion to define and measure time.


Explore our understanding of the effects of sunlight on the body, from early twentieth century treatment of diseases like tuberculosis to our more recent knowledge of its dangers while still playing a role in good health.


Find out about key developments in humanity’s quest to harness the power of the Sun, from the burning mirrors of ancient China, to the vast solar arrays of today.


Learn how scientists are still trying to understand the Sun to better prepare for the potentially catastrophic effects of space weather.


Main image: © NASA's Goddard Space Flight CenterSDOS. Wiessinger

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