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The Moon: Mother of Us All | Talk | Sunday July 21


SUNDAY 21st JULY  |  6pm – 7.30pm


Space scientist and “self-certified” lunatic Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores our intimate relationship with the Moon from science to culture across the centuries and across cultures.

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The Moon is such a familiar presence in our night skies most of us take it for granted. But what if it wasn’t where it is now? And how does the Moon orchestrate the tides, dictate the length of a day and the rhythm of the seasons and the very stability of our planet? And how does the Moon feature in cultures all around the world?


The Moon is also always on the move. In the past it was closer to Earth and in the future, it’ll be farther away. That it is now perfectly placed to sustain life on this planet is pure luck, a cosmic coincidence. 


Self-certified lunatic, The Sky at Night presenter, and author of Book of the Moon Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock implores us all to look at the Moon afresh: to see it not just as an inert lump of rock, but as a key player in the story of our planet, past, present and future.




51-53 Woolwich New Road
SE18 6ES




After The Moon: Mother of us All, join us for dinner and a quiz at the Dial Arch. How long does it take the moon to go around the earth? Oh wait… does it? More info here.





Boat: MBNA Thames Clippers Woolwich Royal Arsenal Pier. Book your MBNA Thames Clippers ticket into Woolwich before Sunday July 14th and get 50% off River Roamers to travel on the 19 of July. Enter MOON50 when you book your River Roamers online here. Last service from Woolwich Arsenal Pier: 10.50pm.


Train: South Eastern Direct train from Woolwich Arsenal station to London Bridge (21 minutes direct train). Last service from Woolwich Arsenal: 11.44pm


DLR: Woolwich Arsenal DLR Station to Bank and Stratford. Last service from Woolwich Arsenal: 00.11. Timetable available here.  



The main bus stops in Woolwich are located on or very near General Gordon Square – Thomas Street/Green’s End and Woolwich Arsenal Station. Bus routes include: 51, 53, 54, 96, 99, 122, 161, 177, 178, 180, 244, 291, 380, 386, 422, 469, 472.


24 hour Mini Cabs: Super Cars, General Gordon Square – 0208 317 7000


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Photography by Lovelight Photography.