Publishing in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, astronomer, artist and former Director of Science Information for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics David Aguilar explores the moon from all angles, from its place in the night sky and our solar system to its role in shaping human history and culture. Myths of the moon’s creation from around the world are interwoven with detailed explanations, illustrations and photographs of the science of how the moon actually formed. Readers will also learn about the moon’s effects on Earth’s tides and imagine what the world would be like without them, as well as examine the moon-men hoaxes from history and find out how scientists may actually colonize Earth’s closest neighbor. A unique title that weaves together science and myth, history and technology.
MY TAKE: Earth’s constant companion receives a first class look in this exploration of our closest neighbor in the sky. Perfect for research projects or to satisfy the curious, the pages have a nice balance of both real and imagined images next to in-depth text.
You’ll learn how the moon was created, it’s comparison to Earth, and have a glance at the myths the moon has created. Key in the werewolves and the Great Moon Hoax of 1835—a fascinating account of when The New York Sun published a story claiming the moon was inhabited by purple unicorns and winged batmen.
The majority of the pages though are reserved for what scientists really know about the moonscape, including the moon’s role in tides and eclipses here on earth. The best part for future explorers is what they can do today. Detailed are ten features of the moon you can see right from your home with a simple telescope. Pictures and details are provided for each.
The guide ends with a fun activity to create your own craters and how to draw the moon. There’s also a brief glossary and extended resources. A fantastic resource no library or space enthusiast should be without. The old song said Fly Me to the Moon, but that can wait while you enjoy the diversions LUNA has to offer.