Once in a blue moon - the newest arrival at the Balloon Fiesta

The moon really will be a balloon at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta this year Credit: Luke Jerram

The moon really will be a balloon at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta - which kicks off tomorrow.

An inflatable representing our lunar neighbour will form the centrepiece of the event.

NASA images of the moon's surface have been printed onto the seven-metre diameter sphere, made by Cameron balloons and designed by local artist Luke Jerram.

Luke Jerram posing with his creation Credit: Luke Jerram

He hopes it will provide an unusual perspective on how we seen the moon - unobstructed by clouds or trees - and with its dark side visible.

The "moon balloon" will be tethered above the crowds and lit up at night.

A test inflation of the moon ballon Credit: Luke Jerram

The Balloon Fiesta is free, though there are charges for parking and motorists are advised to book online beforehand.