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On the moon
Moore, Patrick.
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Publication Information:
London : Cassell, 2001.
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239 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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QB581 .M6827 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A revolution has occurred in what's known about the moon since the last landings over 30 years ago. Catch up with the fascinating research regarding the birth and growth of the moon, and its unpredictable relations to the Earth and the solar system. The world's most famous astronomy writer makes it all easy to understand with insight and humor, along with helpful moon maps and charts that he helped design when he worked with NASA and the Russian space program. The new lunar research ranges from current theories about its geological origins to the plans for its future uses as an airport for launching travel to Mars and other planets. Besides the scientists, experts in folklore and literature also have uncovered long-lost evidence of ancient beliefs that continue to affect popular culture, from romantic fiction to psychological theories.

Author Notes

Patrick Moore was born on March 4, 1923. He is one of the most prolific authors of popular astronomy books. He began publishing astronomy books in 1950 and has been extremely active ever since.

He is director of the lunar section of the British Astronomical Association and was director of the Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1968. Moore has been the host of a television program, "The Sky at Night," which appeared first on BBC in April 1957. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1968 for his work in astronomy.

Patrick Moore died December 9, 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

"When I began studying the moon, in the 1930s... space travel was officially dismissed as science fiction," says British astronomical fixture Moore, who has been host of BBC TV's The Sky at Night for 40-plus years, is a fellow and former president of the Royal Astronomical Association and is the author of Guide to the Moon, first published 50 years ago. Moore clearly and cheerfully expounds on the moon's origins, features, atmosphere, structure, eclipses, human visitors and relationship to the earth, as well as lunar myth and study across the ages. Illus. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

Moore extensively updated his 1953 A Guide to the Moon to prepare this book. In addition to standard explanations of eclipses, phases, orbits, and origin, Moore includes a short history of ancient views of the moon, explanations of "blue moon," and controversies surrounding transient events on the moon ("observations" of meteors striking it or outgassing). He offers a succinct survey of lunar exploration by early astronomers' telescopic observations, satellites, landers, and manned landings; considers why life is unlikely on the moon; and extols the virtues of a lunar base. Appendixes gather data not easily found elsewhere. As a guide for amateur astronomers, a unique (and lengthy) appendix details lunar features visible from Earth. The color and black-and-white plates are well done. Most illustrations are clear line drawings (but figure 9 is rather confusing: contrary to the accompanying text, the angle of the ecliptic with respect to the horizon is identical on the first day of spring and first day of fall). Recommended for general readers. M.-K. Hemenway University of Texas at Austin