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Blackpool visitors can get up close to the Sun with new exhibition

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A 3D recreation of the Sun is set to get its world premiere at Blackpool’s annual Lightpool festival. The installation, which will see a seven-metre diameter suspended sphere illuminate Blackpool’s Winter Garden Olympia space, will reveal details of the Sun in extreme ultraviolet light. Several months of the Sun’s life will be displayed over the course of 13 minutes, allowing visitors to experience the wonders of our neighbouring star first-hand.

This project has been two years in the making – it’s a huge achievement. I hope this work can spread understanding about the science that shapes our lives and bring something as overwhelming as the Sun a bit closer to home.”

– Alex Rinsler, Artist and Co-Creator.

Professor Robert Walsh, professor of astrophysics at UCLan and SUN project lead, said: "Lightpool Festival will be the first chance for visitors to get up close and personal with our solar neighbour. The Sun is a vital part of our existence on Earth and it's an enormous privilege to give people the unforgettable opportunity to experience our star first-hand."

After Lightpool, SUN will be displayed on 1st-2nd November as part of the Light Up Lancaster Festival.

SUN is a co-commission from the Lightpool Festival and Light Up Lancaster. It has been enabled through a Spark Award for Public Engagement from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation, as well as public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England