solar eclipse viewing

solar eclipse

Friday 20 March 2015

join super/collider and friends on the rooftop of Shoreditch House for East London’s best view of the upcoming partial solar eclipse – a rare chance to see the Moon pass in front of the sun to create a crescent. we’ll be watching as the Moon first appears on the sun at 8:25am and reaches maximum coverage at 9:30am before moving off at 10:40am – so stop by to see this rare and ‘second most spectacular’ of cosmic alignments – exceeded only by an awe-inspiring total eclipse! we’ll supply everything you need to safely watch the action, along with some creative ways of viewing the sun

event runs 8am-11am, maximum ‘awesomeness’ is at 9:30am

we regret that our guestlist for this event is now closed. if you are a member of Shoreditch House you can just rock up

2015 Iceland expedition

super collider iceland

10-15 September 2015

as darkness descends on the lands of the north, join a small group of like-minded creative explorers as we travel across, above and underneath Iceland in search of the Northern Lights and other natural wonders

amid the stark beauty of Iceland’s surreal landscapes, we’ll spend the dark nights around the new Moon watching for the Aurora Borealis while exploring the country’s geological, volcanic and natural diversity by day. together, we’ll hike to towering glaciers, visit slumbering volcanoes, watch erupting geysers, relax in natural hot springs, walk beside tumbling waterfalls and venture under the surface of Iceland’s constantly shifting topography

click here to see our Tumblr from previous expeditions

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Laser Quest party pics


super/collider kicked off 2015 with a massively sold out celebration of lasers at the Ace Hotel, packing in three top laser plasma physicists, psychedelic tea from Bompas & Parr and music from To The Lazer Cave. photographers Amelia Karlsen and John Hooper captured all the action from our most epic-est night yet. take a look or head over to our Facebook to tag your friends, like yourself etc

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Laser Quest

laser quest

Thursday 8 January 2015

join super/collider and friends for an epic night of laser action, as we kick off the International Year of Light with the best kind of light: that of lasers! a celebration of lasers in all their glory, the evening will kick off with a Laser Tea Ceremony by Bompas & Parr and end with a full audio-visual laser onslaught from cult promoters and DJs To The Lazer Cave

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cyanotype workshop

cyanotype print

Thursday 6 November 2014
& Wednesday 12 November 2014

a beautiful use of ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide, cyanotype printing creates subtle blue photos and diagrams – leading to its use for creating blueprints and by the world’s first female photographer as a way to record botanical specimens

in the first in a series of workshops we’re doing with Ditto Press, we’ll show you how cyanotype chemistry works to create an insoluble prussian blue pigment, and explore how the technique has been used by artists and scientists alike. for inspiration, there will be a special viewing of the Thomas Mailaender exhibition at Ditto’s gallery, followed by a hands-on sessions where you’ll learn how to sensitise paper and experiment with different coating techniques to make your own cyanotype prints

for more info and to book, head on over to the Ditto website

Space Camp: Kielder

space camp

Spring 2015

join us for a weekend exploring the universe from the darkness of Kielder Forest – which boasts some of the darkest skies in Europe and comprises the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the entire world. beyond the chance to escape the city and spend the weekend camping with like-minded creative folks, the trip will include:

• a late night observing session at the stunning Kielder Observatory – where we’ll search for incredible galaxies, clusters and nebulas as well as comets and other denizens of the outer solar system using the Observatory’s powerful telescopes
• a visit to Cat Cairn: The Kielder Skyspace by James Turrell
• a hike along a section of Hadrian’s Wall, an ancient Roman fortification dividing the north
• free time for creative projects, photography, exploring, relaxing etc

click here to register your interest


Carl Guyenette

Saturday 4 October 2014

as part of this weekend’s Fun Palaces art-meets-science initiative, we’ve teamed up with The Floating Cinema to curate a waterbourne laboratory of interactive happenings centred around the human body. join artists Dario Villaneuva, Carl Guyenette, Sam Bartle and Rachel McGivern as we explore interactive interfaces between science and art, voice and movement, colour and sound. the afternoon-long event will be followed by a screening of director Patricio Guzmán’s critically-acclaimed Nostalgia for the Light – which examines the Atacama Desert through the twin lenses of astronomers probing the depths of space and those searching for relatives who were murdered during the Pinochet regime

free – more info and booking over at The Floating Cinema

Tenerife expedition


join a small group of intrepid explorers this July for an expedition to the other side of Tenerife – a surreal subtropical landscape of black volcanic soil, lush pine forests and vast, starry skies

by day, we’ll climb through rugged volcanic landscapes, explore subterranean lava tunnels, climb through wooded hills and snorkel in crystal clear seas. in the evenings, we’ll watch the sun set from high above the clouds and pick out the planets and stars as they slowly emerge into the vast, clear sky

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Wednesday 18 June 2014

as the summer solstice approaches, join us as we dial down the ‘science’ and turn up the music for the unofficial super/collider summer party: an epic audio-visual battle between the moon and the sun

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M Dash Book Fair

Stour Space Book Fair

Saturday 3 May 2014

along with esteemed names like Mack and Book Works, we’ll be bringing some  printed matter down to the M Dash Book Fair at Stour Space this weekend. beyond books from our shop, we’ll also be representing our pals Luminous Books and Loophole Supplements, so pop along if you’re out East

Stour Space
7 Roach Road, London, E3 2PA

The Space Project

The Space Project

Tuesday 15 April 2014

in 1977, the twin Voyager probes set off for deep space. bearing their famous Golden Records, the two spacecraft not only carried the sounds of earth into the void, but also transmitted the sounds* of space back. now, with the Voyagers leaving our solar system, these otherworldly transmissions have been interwoven into original songs by 14 artists, including Spiritualized, Beach House, Mutual Benefit and Youth Lagoon. in collaboration with Fat Possum and Lefse Records, super/collider presents a voyage through interstellar sound to celebrate the release of The Space Project boxset

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
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☼♀ Worlds in Transit exhibition

© Cat Stevens

6-9 June 2013 | Wayward Gallery | 47 Mowlem Street | London

last summer, we invited a group of artists, filmmakers, astronomers, photographers, choreographers and curators to journey to the remote wilderness of northern Sweden to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event: the Transit of Venus. their observations and artistic output from the expedition now form the basis of a publication and exhibition, launching in London one year on from the Transit

choreographer/artist Nissa Nishikawa filmed a site-specific performance in the forest, set to music composed by Ebe Oke. Cat Stevens and Archie McLeish will show photographs from the days surrounding the event, while filmmakers Kathryn Ferguson, Loren Filis and Fritz Stolberg used the Transit as a backdrop for new work. the exhibition will also feature artwork by Hazel France, Karima AdebibeNatalie Wills and Rebecca Lynch

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we’ve just returned from scouting out locations for our upcoming fieldtrip to Tenerife. expect volcanoes, stars, whales, lava tubes, galaxies, dolphins, planets, sea turtles, BBQs, birdlife, botany and more – details coming real soon

Growing The Future


January/February 2014

as a new year dawns, super/collider will be exploring crystal cities and biological fashion in a series of workshops at Selfridges as part of their upcoming Festival of Imagination – giving you the chance to get hands-on with two forward-thinking approaches to fashion and architecture

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A Brief History of Drinking in Space


Sunday 2 February 2014

to date, there has been relatively little consumption of alcohol in space and on the moon, but that could be set to change. with space tourism taking off, new lunar missions on the horizon and manned expeditions aiming further into space – with all its stresses – could a new era of zero gravity libations be next?

join Sam Bompas of Bompas & Parr and David Lane of The Gourmand for a speculative look and the past, present and future of alcohol in space. from Buzz Aldrin’s legendary Holy Communion on the moon to sherry experiments aboard Skylab and ceremonial ‘vodka’ consumption aboard the ISS, we’ll discuss the secret history of a slightly tipsy space age and ask what role our favourite poison will play in the future colonisation of the moon

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comet hunting


13 November 2013 | 5am

we’ll be getting up real early to look for not one, but four comets in the morning skies. as part of our ongoing PopUp Astronomy Club, we’ll be be trying to spot comets C/2012 S1 (ISON), C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy), C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) and 2P/Encke

latest update: the weather is looking perfect for an early-morning viewing session on Wednesday 13 November 2013. we’ll be meeting outside the Shacklewell Arms pub (71 Shacklewell Lane, Hackney, E8 2EB) at 5am sharp

besides this incredibly rare chance to see four comets in one morning, we’ll try to spot Mars and will definitely see Jupiter and its moons. if we’re lucky we may also see Mercury and the Orion Nebula

please RSVP if you’re planning to come along so we don’t forget you!

Icelandic expedition


we’re currently out-of-office exploring Iceland’s natural, geological and astronomical wonders – but you can follow all the action over at

Perseids party!!!


Monday 12 August 2013
4am | Dalston Roof Park | E8 3DL

if you’re up very early (or out very late) next Monday, join us high atop Hackney at the Dalston Roof Park for the latest PopUp Astronomy Club party

from 4am til sunrise on Monday morning we’ll be watching for the peak of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower (aka shooting stars), which should be good this year due to lack of moon-age, plus the planets Jupiter, Mars and Mercury rising in the east. it should be a spectacular morning – if you can bear getting out of bed!

this event is FREE but please RSVP for entry instructions. it’s also obviously very weather dependent so check this page again before setting your alarm to make sure it’s happening

please note this will not be so much a ‘party in the sense of people dancing to music’ but rather a ‘party in the sense of sitting quietly watching the sky’. also note the sky will look nothing like the image above

summer solstice party


Thursday 20 June 2013

as the summer nights stretch out into the small hours, we’ll be teaming up with the mighty solutionvsproblem to host a nite of solstice-fueled disco, space and balearic psych with a bit of neo sci-rave paganism thrown in for good measure

Ridley Road Market Bar | 49 Ridley Rd | London | E8 2NP

the International Space Orchestra

Ground Control

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Chris will be co-chairing a Q&A with the amazing Nelly Ben-Hayoun at Wednesday’s preview screening of The International Space Orchestra at Hackney Picture House. Nelly has spent the past year or so assembling a completely bonkers project involved members of NASA Ames Research Center, SETI, the International Space University, Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Bruce Sterling and Beck – we’re very much looking forward to seeing the results!

screening starts at 8:30 – tickets and info here

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book launch: An Introduction To Isomorphology


Saturday 23 March 2013

join us at EB&Flow Gallery for the launch of Gemma Anderson’s An Introduction To Isomorphology – a new way of seeing and classifying the natural world that draws on artistic and scientific practice. Gemma will be in conversation with mathematicians Tom Coates and Dorothy Buck talking about things like the topology of symplectic manifolds and algebraic varieties followed by drinks and the chance to see her ongoing exhibition

talk starts at 4:30pm | EB&Flow is located at 77 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS

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designing the distant future

back in November, we were privileged to be involved in a workshop at CASS exploring design for the distant future. working with staff from the Interior Design BA course, we came up with a brief which challenged students to create a monument designed to be experienced 1000 years from now

thinking long-term, the students had to consider the qualities and performance of two structural materials: one well-known and trusted and the other more newer and more innovative. after researching these two materials, teams looked into global locations ranging from the coast of Iceland to the mountains of South America, taking into account future scenarios ranging from climate change to earthquakes. finally, the students had to dream up a purpose or reason for future visitors to seek out their structure

after an intense research session, the time came to stop reading and get hands-on building mock-ups and models showing the monuments. here’s just a sample – scroll down to read about the winners

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workshop: the monument

we’re super excited about our first-ever schools workshop, created in collaboration with London Metropolitan University’s Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design. all next week, students will be designing a physical monument for visitors to experience 1000 years from now. using different materials and restricted only by size (10m x 10m x 10m), they’ll consider what materials will last so long, where to site their structure and how future people will experience and interpret their monument

see the outcome of this workshop

TARA party!

as part of the TARA’s recent stopover in London, super/collider and AnOther Magazine teamed up to host a little soirée on board the French environmental research ship, which is sponsored by fashion house agnès b

after some drinks and nibbles, captain Loic Vallette and chief scientist Chris Bowler gave a talk about the vessel’s recent plankton-sampling voyage before leading tours above and below decks. you can read our full piece for AnOther right here and scroll down to see Amelia Karlsen‘s lovely photographs of the night

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science printing workshop

23 October 2012

as part of the ün-establishment series we’ll be bringing our new Risograph printer down to the Nicholls & Clarke building in Shoreditch for a Tuesday afternoon of science, art & craft. join our expert teachers Nancy Straughan and Ciara Phelan and learn how to create patterns, prints, collages and illustrated work using science textbooks and imagery as inspiration – then create your own on-the-spot prints

PopUp Astronomy Club


a series of impromptu astronomy sessions around East London – staring up at the rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s moons, the lunar seas, Uranus (ha ha) and other stuff in space. sign up to the club’s Twitter feed or visit our project page to find out more


Jiggling Atoms

October 2012

Richard Feynman won the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work in particle physics – namely drawing diagrams. his magical insight was to visualise the complex mathematics of particle interactions as a series of simple paths on a page. Feynman was also a keen educator and was great at getting even the most ardent non-mathematicians to comprehend the many aspects of physics, which is exactly what the Jiggling Atoms team set out to do. they got a bunch of illustrators to attend a series of physics lectures and now they’re showcasing the work made in response in a big exhibition. there will also be a series of accompanying talks and workshops – look out for the Feynman Diagram Print Workshop and Handcrafted Particle Accelerator talks we are co-hosting on Thursday and Saturday. all the events are free and will take place at the Rag Factory from 1-7 October

Hewett Street Block Party

22 September 2012

our good pals and fellow science lovers Protein® are hosting the block party to end all block parties next weekend, and it literally will be the end because their entire block is being demolished

we’ll be selling discounted stuff from our shop and other assorted science crap, plus there’ll be stalls by  local designers, friends and family including: Not Another Bill, GetMe!, Jaguar Shoes Collective, Ditto Press and AC Projects – not to mention top-notch food, music, mirth etc

click here for all the info & hope to see you there!

TARA tour and talk

20 September 2012

after a voyage of some 62,000 nautical miles, the French environmental research vessel TARA will be pulling into St Katharine Docks in London this week. we’ll be co-hosting an exclusive evening tour and talk onboard the ship with AnOther Magazine and scientists from the TARA’s recent plankton-collecting expedition. you’ll be among the first to get a look round this incredible floating laboratory, but spaces are very limited due to the size of the ship

this is a free event and tickets will be allocated on a lottery basis. click here if you’d like to attend and we’ll let you know on Tuesday September 18

Science Fair™ – The Deep Future

24 September 2012

our long-running Science Fair™ series comes to a fitting grand finale with a look at the dim and distant future. join us as we turn the basement of The Book Club into a crystal-filled cave and journey beyond the year 3000 to see what the deep future will hold for our distant descendants…

we’ll start our journey into deep time via celluloid – with a series of clips curated by the ever-awesome Aorta Burst Film Club. expect synth-rock in strange caves, humans boxing with aliens in the year 4038, etc. Professor David Smith will look at rapid climate change in the ninth millennium, examining how ancient landslides changed the face of our planet and the forces that will do so again. Dennis Duncan, lecturer at Birkbeck College, will discuss nuclear semiotics and how we plan to communicate with people in the year 20,000 read more

science weekend at KXFS

August 2012

a weekend of science-leaning events at the King’s Cross Filling Station, a stunning new public space and pop-up restaurant on the Regent’s Canal read more

Exhibition Roadshow: Particles

Monday 30 July 2012

ever thought of building a particle accelerator at home
? no, us neither. join designer Patrick Stevenson-Keating and physicist Hideaki Page for an unmissable tutorial on how they did – without destroying the universe or themselves in the process. Patrick will recount the fascinating story of his two homemade accelerators while Hideaki reveals the underlying physics behind these beautiful, handcrafted inventions

please note talk has changed time and location: it will now take place at 6:30pm at 4 Cromwell Road. free, no booking required. part of our Exhibition Roadshow series

Exhibition Roadshow: Patterns

Saturday 28 July 2012

from beehives to crystals to soap bubbles, the hexagon is found throughout the natural world – but why is this? join super/collider and guests for a panel discussion inspired by artist Tomáš Libertiny’s bee-created art installation at The Exhibition Roadshow. pattern lovers and makers Patternity will be in conversation with the artist and Phillip Ball, author of several books about patterns in the natural world, to explore one of nature’s most intriguing designs

talk starts at 5:30pm on Saturday 28 July on Exhibition Road near Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2DD. free, no booking required. part of our Exhibition Roadshow series

Summer Solstice Party

Wednesday 20 June 2012 / 8pm

join us on the longest day of the year for an extended evening of music, conversation and sky worship on the roof of Shoreditch House in East London. Dr Andrew Gregory of University College London will be on hand to discuss what the summer solstice is and what it meant for ancient astronomers while pagan music will come courtesy of The Lovely Jonjo. if the sky is clear we’ll also take a look at Mars and the rings of Saturn through the telescope as the sun slowly sets beyond the western horizon

free for Shoreditch House members. our ticket allocation is now used up – to hear about future events why not subscribe

Science Fair™ – Can Thorium Save the World?

22 February 2012

Science Fair™ returns for a new school year with an evening dedicated to one of the great ‘what ifs’ of the modern world. back in the 1960s, a promising type of safer, cleaner nuclear reactors emerged – powered by an abundant element called thorium. could such designs have prevented climate change and reduced nuclear proliferation, and could this new breed of reactors still save the world? join super/collider and guests from the Weinberg Foundation as we explore the latest breakthroughs and screen the recent Motherboard documentary, The Thorium Dream

make your own terrarium workshop

Sunday 18 December 2011

join super/collider and botanically-inspired artist/illustrator Sister Arrow for a Christmas ‘make your own terrarium’ workshop. we’ll provide all the materials and inspiration you’ll need, including a range of scientific lab-grade glassware, then show you how to create a perfectly-balanced terrarium full of plants – a mini ecosystem to wrap up for someone super special

please note that spaces are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment

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The Moon at Luminous Books

Friday 25 November

East London’s loveliest and tiniest bookshop takes its name from the luminous orb in our sky, and celebrates the moon each year with a night of literary-leaning lunar worship. this year’s soirée will see readings by James Atlee (author of Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight) and Steve Moore (comic book guy and author of Somnium), alongside up close films and images of the lunar surface supplied by us

The Moon at Luminous Books / 6-9pm / free / 3.5 Frederick Terrace, London E8 4EW


All About: Science

28 September 2011

the first book in our new All About: Science series launches at The Landfill Library – a pop-up shop at Wiltons Café with new books by Landfill Editions and music from L-V-L and Burning Bush of TOP NICE. illustrated by our pals at Nous Vous, it’s all about crystals of every shape and size

All About: Science is a new series from Landfill Editions and super/collider, exploring the myriad worlds of science through the eyes of contemporary image makers



of the hundreds of photos taken by NASA astronauts on the Moon, we are familiar with only a tiny fraction. momentous images like the planting of the flag and the boot-in-the-dust have become so familiar as to now border on the mundane, while the sheer scale of the project revealed by the vast Apollo archive languishes unseen

super/collider’s APOLLO77 exhibition in 2009 explored the depths in the Apollo archives, presenting seven columns and eleven rows of photographs in a disused video shop as part of our Apollo +at+ Apollo event. in 2015, additional imagery will be added to the collection to form the basis of a book published by Loophole


Sunday 22 May 2011

The Book Club’s pre-eminent craft and science nites team up for a ‘crafternoon’ of bio-inspired arts & crafts. join us for a messy, hands-on session with the legendary Come Get Felt Up craft competition + music from Bright Star Catalogue & Come Get Felt Up DJs

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Science Fair: Apollo’s end


Monday 31 January 2011

Guest: Dr Christopher Riley

forty years ago tonight, Apollo 14 blasted off from Kennedy Space Center, bound for the moon. six days later, the three-man crew landed in the Fra Mauro highlands, and spent nearly ten hours exploring the lunar surface. after the initial euphoria of Neil Armstrong’s first small steps and the drama of Apollo 13, this mission, along with the three subsequent landings, was largely ignored by the general public, marking the beginning of the end of Apollo

join us for the first Science Fair™ of the year as we explore these fascinating sojourns on the moon with Dr. Christopher Riley – a filmmaker specialising in science and the history of science, notably the Apollo missions. working alongside his colleague Stephen Slater, Chris has created a unique multimedia installation that will be playing in a separate room throughout the night. entitled Cone Crater, this 4-hour long film documents – in real time – an ill-fated walk by the Apollo 14 surface crew towards a nearby crater, and has never been shown before. as ever, Bright Star Catalogue will open and close out the night with an extended DJ set comprising Apollo mission audio, lunar soundscapes and live synth overlays

Science Fair ™ – space roxx special


18 October 2010

Dr Kieren Howard (Natural History Museum), Ruth Pearson (KCL) and Sophie Rose Asquith (artist) drop by The Book Club to celebrate the one year anniversary of super/collider’s pop science night with an all-day celebration of meteorites, comets and asteroids. you’ll have the chance to hold a genuine meteorite from space in your hands, and could win one to take home! from 10am we’ll be making paper space rocks and screening films, then the party gets started at 6pm with a special live/electronic set from Bright Star Catalogue. speakers from 7pm will discuss everything from asteroid mining to meteorite hunting, and if the sky’s clear we’ll pop outside to show you Comet Hartley-2 through a telescope

Science Fair: Rooftop astronomy party!

17 May 2010

Guests: Doug Daniels and friends from the Hampstead Scientific Society plus DJ Joe Muggs

super/collider’s monthly pop science soirée takes a fieldtrip to The Queen of Hoxton for a special rooftop astronomy party. astronomer Doug Daniels and friends from the Hampstead Scientific Society will be on on hand with their 6″ Maksutov Cassegrain telescope to show you the crescent moon, Venus, Mars, the rings of Saturn and its moon Titan with space jams provided by Joe Muggs (Club Cosmonaut/

Science Fair™ ~ Crystals


15 March 2010

Jolyon Ralph of joins Natural History Museum researcher Robin Armstrong for a hands-on look at nature’s most mind-blowing mineral formations – with a crystal-themed set by The Lovely Jonjo plus a grow-your-own crystals to take home session



Friday 22 May 2009

to kickstart our Apollo season, super/collider is proud to present the UK premiere of Orphans of Apollo, which tells the story of a group of space entrepreneurs who flew to Moscow in the late 1990s to takeover the Russian space station, MIR. after negotiating one of the most ambitious business deals on earth, they hired and launched a group of astronauts into space to visit the station – a momentous but often overlooked moment in history. though ultimately doomed, their bold plan set the stage for the current private space race and the space tourism industry. definitely one for space nerds, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Michael Potter

The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews (off Dean Street), London W1D 3DH | 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Apollo +at+ Apollo


June 2009

staged in a disused video shop conveniently called Apollo, one of super/collider’s first projects was a combination of art and music, featuring a mosaic of 77 lunar images arranged on the old DVD mounting system

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