How well do you know our closest neighbour?
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The moon has fascinated humankind since the beginning of history. But far from being just a big rock out in space, the Moon has a phenomenal power over the earth, with it‘s ability to create great waves, dictate the length of the day and summon the seasons. It is a key player in the story of our planet.
In this unique celebration of the Moon, lunar expert and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock takes readers on a journey through the Moon’s past, present and future. She uncovers the way the Moon has captured our imaginations, contemplates how it was formed, and uncovers why we need the Moon to protect our fragile earth. Drawing on the latest scientific research, she then looks forward to what might be to come – will we return to the moon or will it become a launch pad to go into the great unknown?
Filled with fascinating facts and anecdotes, and written with warmth and passion, The Book of the Moon is for scientists and stargazers alike. You'll never look at our closest neighbour in the same way again.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a scientist and broadcaster referred to as the BBC’s‘face of space’. Maggie is a pioneering figure in promoting science to the public and runs her own company engaging children and adults all over the world with the wonders of space science. Overcoming Dyslexia to study at Imperial College, she obtained her degree in Physics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. She has worked as a space scientist for many years on projects such as the James Webb Space telescope. While doing this she has toured the UK speaking to inner-city schools inspiring the next generation of physicists. In 2006 she was one of six ‘Women of Outstanding Achievement’ winners with GetSET Women and in 2009 she was awarded a Member of the British Empire for her services to science and education. As well as fronting The Sky at Night, Maggie has appeared in numerous programmes including Stargazing Live and Doctor Who Confidential. She is also an Honorary Research Associate at UCL's Department of Physics and Astronomy, and been awarded 5 honorary doctorates from universities across the country.