A huge Earth which is now dominating space at Life in Newcastle will be helping to encourage visitors to think about climate change.
Gaia is the striking new planet exhibit which has made a timely arrival at Life Science Centre where it is to be a permanent addition.
And as the current climate change debate rages, it is set to trigger plenty more topical conversations.
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Gaia is a seven-metre diameter globe featuring detailed NASA imagery of the Earthâ€™s surface, and is created by artist Luke Jerram as a follow-up to his Museum of the Moon.
This moon exhibit, which Life had on display in 2019, currently happens to be on show in Durham Cathedral which is running a series of themed events around its three-month run.
Life Science Centre has developed its own themed programme of activities and its focus is upon helping families to explore the climate change issue.
Life's chief executive Linda Conlon said: â€œClimate change and its devastating effect on the planet is the biggest issue of our time, so itâ€™s timely that this mesmerising and thought-provoking artwork is coming to Life."
Gaia, described as an art-meets-science creation, is one of only five permanent exhibits of the Jerram artwork in the world and, as it takes up residence in the city ahead of the international climate conference COP 26 later this month, it serves to highlight the fragility and wonder of our planet.
It aims to create a sense of the 'overview effect': described by astronauts as a feeling of awe for the planet; profound understanding of the interconnection of all life and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
Linda added: â€œAs the North Eastâ€™s only science centre, we have a unique opportunity to engage with the public and help them understand complex topics.
"By exploring climate science, reflecting on its causes and looking forward to a future of solutions, families can contribute to the global effort from their local base.â€
Life's approach has been praised by Hayley Fowler, professor of climate change impacts at Newcastle University, and its events programme aims to encourage visitors, especially families and schoolchildren, to debate what is a controversial and often scary subject.
This includes a new schools programme, developed in collaboration with local teachers and incorporating interactive workshops and storytelling sessions; activities such as windmill-making and experiments exploring future foods.
On Thursday there also was a free online debate for adults, looking at how the changing climate can impact human eating habits.
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