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Luna lanterns bring the soft glow of the moon inside

Capture the moon and bring it into your home with a Luna lantern, a lunar-inspired lamp that captures the feel of our closest space neighbor.

Some nights you look up and the moon is so clear and low, it looks like you could pluck it from the air and place it in your pocket. That flight of fancy could become closer to reality with the Luna lanterns from Acorn Studio, which is currently raising funds on Indiegogo.

The Luna lanterns evoke the look of the moon with a soft yellowish glow. Acorn Studio says the lamps will be "water-resistant, heat-resistant and crashworthy."

If you're a stickler for accuracy, then you might want to pass on the Luna. The lamps are an artistic interpretation of the moon's surface and aren't topographically accurate.

Put a moon in your room. Acorn Studio

The lamp is planned in seven different sizes, from a moon you can hold in your hand all the way up to an XXL Luna that is nearly 2 feet (0.6 meter) in diameter. The lamps are made from fiberglass and latex and the internal glow comes from an LED bulb. The 3.2-inch (8cm) Luna XXS comes with a battery.

The smallest Luna costs a pledge of $75 (about £50, AU$110) while the XXL runs a much heftier $875 (about £575, AU$1,250) making it more of a luxury item. The project has captured backers' imaginations, roaring to over $305,000 in pledges with 39 days left to run. The original goal was $40,000. Just keep in mind that not all crowdfunding projects deliver on time and as expected.

There's an obvious appeal to the Luna lanterns. They're lovely art objects. You might not be able to point to the Apollo moon landing sites on the surface, but they do evoke the magical feeling of beholding the full moon on a clear night.