The Sky at Night: Book of the Moon – A Guide to Our Closest Neighbour

The Sky at Night: Book of the Moon – A Guide to Our Closest Neighbour


How well do you know our closest neighbour?

Featured on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live and BBC Breakfast

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 its 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.


  • makes you marvel about both our solar system and our nearest neighbour
    Jeanette Winterson

About the author

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin-Pocock has had a passion for space and astronomy since she was a small child. This has driven her to obtain a degree in Physics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. She has spent most of her career making novel, and bespoke instrumentation for the space industry. Maggie founded Science Innovation Ltd in 2004 and through this, she shares her love of the subject with others through lecture, television programmes and now books.
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