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Giant replica of the moon to stop in downtown Durham this week

Posted October 30, 2019 3:35 p.m. EDT
Updated October 31, 2019 9:57 a.m. EDT

Courtesy: Bull Moon Rising

UPDATE FROM ORGANIZERS: Due to expected high wind speeds, Bull Moon Rising’s presentation of the Museum of the Moon cannot stay suspended above CCB Plaza today, Thursday, Oct. 31. It is being temporarily de-installed. All Bull Moon Rising events are canceled for the evening of Oct. 31. Friday's events are scheduled to go on as planned and additional events may be added. The Bull Moon Rising Facebook page will have updates.

The moon — or at least a version of it — will be a lot closer to earth when a giant artistic rendering of it stops in North Carolina for the first time.

The world-renowned touring installation, Museum of the Moon, will be open to the public for four days during Bull Moon Rising. The giant spherical replica of the moon – with a diameter of nearly 23 feet – will hang above Bull City’s CCB plaza in honor of Durham’s 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, according to a press release.

Check it out ...

Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram in India

Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram

Most of the events related to the installation are family friendly. Here's what's happening for families:

Thursday, Oct. 31 (CANCELED)

6 p.m. – Illumination of the Moon, hosted by local drag stars Vivica C. Coxx, Stormie Daie and Naomi Dix

6 p.m. – Reading of the highly acclaimed children’s book, “Goodnight Moon,” by Mayor Steve Schewel

6 p.m. – Paperhand Puppets Halloween-themed performance featuring family-friendly puppetry

6:30 p.m. – Durham Medical Orchestra’s Brass group performance

Friday, Nov. 1 (These events are best for adults.)

8 p.m. – Bull Moon Ball ticketed fundraising cocktail event at Unscripted Hotel, benefitting Durham’s Museum of Life and Science and Keep Durham Beautiful

9:19 p.m. – Blackspace Music Cypher rhythmic performance showcasing local emerging artists

Saturday, Nov. 2

5:30 p.m. – Community dinner featuring local food and beverage vendors, with family-style tables and food trucks stretching down Orange Street

8 p.m. – Batalá Drum samba reggae performance with traditional drums

Sunday, Nov. 3

9 a.m. – Moon Movement class with Community Power Yoga (best for tweens, teens and older)