Do we need the Moon?

Do we need the Moon?

The Moon is such a familiar presence in the sky that most of us take it for granted. This talk will show the Moon in a new light by exploring some of its more unexpected aspects. Besides orchestrating the tides, it dictates the length of a day, the rhythm of the seasons and the very stability of our planet. Yet the Moon is always on the move. In the past it was closer to the Earth and in the future it will be farther away. That it is now perfectly placed to sustain life is pure luck, a cosmic coincidence. Rather than an inert rock, the Moon should be seen as a key player in the story of our planet’s past, present and future.

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About Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin-Pocock studied at Imperial College London where she obtained her degree in physics and her PhD in mechanical engineering. Since then she has spent her career making novel instrumentation for industrial and academic applications. Until recently she worked at Astrium Ltd in Portsmouth where she led the optical instrumentation group producing satellite sub-systems. She currently has a Science in Society fellowship held at University College London. Maggie also has her own company, Science Innovation Ltd, and makes regular appearances on television and radio. In 2009 she was awarded an MBE for her services to science and education.