O+ Tech - MOON: A Lunar Mood Light Based on NASA Data

The Moon, solar system and general space exploration has inspired creatives all around the world for years and years, including Blood Brother and their SS16 collection. The latest however, is French multi-disciplinary designer Oscar L'Hermitte and London-based design studio Kudu.

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Using data sourced from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the light matches in exact 3D 1:20,000,000 scale detail the real-time light shone on the Moon, as well as all the physical topographic craters, elevation and ridges. But the lunar model is itself is only half the equation.

A ring of LED lights revolve around the Moon model, casting light upon the correct face of the moon, recreating the lunar phases as seen from Earth in real-time.

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MOON operates in 3 different modes.

  • Demo Mode - Observe a complete synodic month in just 30 seconds.
  • Live Mode - Experience the actual lunar phase happening at a given moment. Stay in this mode and observe the globe changing phases in rhythm with the actual Moon in the sky. One full rotation on this mode will take approximately 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds.
  • Manual Mode - Rotate the Sun's light yourself and set the lunar phase that you would like to see.

 

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MOON is currently a Kickstarter which has already exceeded over 6 times the initial pledge goal, but still accepting project support until May 13.

You can check out the page here.

 

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