How does the Moon orchestrate tides and affect life on earth? Space scientist and “self-certified” lunatic Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores our intimate relationship with the Moon.
The Moon is such a familiar presence in our night skies that most of us take it for granted. But what if it wasn’t where it is now? How would that affect life on Earth? Space scientist and “self-certified” lunatic Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores our intimate relationship with the Moon. Looking back through time she explores how cultures across the world have celebrated our celestial partner.
But 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? 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 is pure luck, a cosmic coincidence.
But was the Moon also responsible for life here on Earth? And as we look out beyond our solar system, to exoplanets in the search for life should we be focusing on planetary systems with proportionally larger moons as we find here? Could this be one of the keys to finding planetary life out there?
Maggie 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.
After the lecture is over and you’ve had a drink and a browse of our lunar market, 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?
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