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Patrick Moore on the Moon Hardcover – 12 Apr 2001

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  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; Revised Edition edition (12 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304354694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304354696
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer. He has presented the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme since 1957 and written over 60 books. Recognised by the scientific community as one of the greatest authorities in the field, he was awarded the OBE in 1968. In 2001 he received a Knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He lives in Selsey, Sussex.

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"...a splendid reference, scholarly yet accessible, written in an
engagingly quirky manner."
-- Bournemouth Daily Echo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS, Britain's best known astronomer, has over 50 years attracted and held a vast audience through his books and television appearances. He has presented every edition of The Sky at Night since it was first broadcast in April 1957, a world record for television, and to universal acclaim won a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to television at the 2001 BAFTA Awards, presented to him by the astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Royal Astronomical Society, was awarded the CBE in 1988 and his knighthood in 2000. An enthusiastic communicator, he has done more to popularise the study of astronomy than any other writer of his or subsequent generations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "danluna" on 15 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb text for anyone starting to develop an interest in the Moon, by an author who has been an enthusiastic observer since before the Space Age. Mr. Moore has a great deal of knowledge and covers many topics such as the motion of the Moon, its origin, the nature of the craters, mountains and plains, the manned and unmanned space missions, and the possibility of constructing a lunar base. A good deal of historical background is provided, including discussions of theories which have since been overturned, humorous accounts of various hoaxes and eccentric ideas, and the excitement of the first attempts by humans to reach another world.
As a person who so obviously appreciates the beauty of the Moon, the author is keen to encourage the reader to look for themselves. To help with this the book includes a large appendix of Mr. Moore's maps of sections of the near side, with short descriptions of features visible through amateur telescopes. Being in book form these are a very convenient size for use when trying to identify a feature from a photo or another book. For the benefit of the non-scientific audience distances are given in miles and heights in feet, and are also occasionally compared to the sizes of countries, parts of Britain, or the distances between towns in England. There is also a chapter discussing the nature of short-term changes which may have been observed on the Moon, such as flashes of light, glows or localised areas of blurring. There is some debate over whether such phenomena exist or not, and advice is given for those who might wish to participate in further investigations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil Gibbs on 17 May 2011
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This book is excellent and very easy to read. I certainly appreciate our nearest cosmic neighbour that little bit more now, and have a new found respect for the complex effect it has on our planet.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carlo Muccini on 21 Jun. 2012
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this old book is from 1977 but interesting lecture
Date picture and some interesting hand drawn of the our Moon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Patrick Moore On The Moon 2 Oct. 2004
By Glcave - Published on
Format: Hardcover
From the moment that you start reading this book, you will realise the passion that Patrick Moore has for the Moon. In this book he reviews the early folklore and superstitions that early man had for the Moon, these are from around the world and make fascinating reading. Then he brings the reader up to date with all the latest knowledge gained from automatic probes and the apollo Moon landings. This is Patrick Moores writing at its very best and is a must have book for all astronomers and enthusiasts of all ages.
Wonderful writing, terrible publisher! 12 Sept. 2013
By Charles Hall - Published on
Format: Paperback
Patrick Moore always writes well but this may be his best. He was fascinated by the moon from the age of eight and he knows *everything* about it. In what you might expect to be a tedious history of man's knowledge of the moon he throws in so many sidelights, stories from mythology, personal recollections and the like that you're simply captivated. I think almost anyone who sits down to start this book would be drawn in. There simply was no better astronomy author than Patrick Moore.

As he approaches the modern era he has even more personal stories and has discussed the moon with all the astronauts. He gives even-handed coverage to the Russian Luna probes which preceded anything the US could do in the early days and again knows many of the personalities himself.

The first 150 pages are text with many small, clear diagrams and a section of color pictures, the remaining pages are appendices including a detailed description of the moon with larger diagrams, quadrant by quadrant.

The bad news? Cassell has done an absolutely miserable job of printing this book. The font is small, too light, almost faint. Footnotes... get your magnifying glass out. On top of that the pages are a little glossy and the covers are double-thickness making it almost impossible to hold like a normal paperback.

While I would love to recommend this book to kids or adults, I think kids would find the look of the book off-putting and anybody over 50 will have difficulty reading it in any other than the brightest light. If they had selected a more readable, larger font, I would have bought copies of this book to give to the kids I know with telescopes.
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