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237 × 180 × 20 mm
184 pages
95 illustrations, 20 in colour
16 Apr 2018

The Moon Bill Leatherbarrow

Our nearest celestial neighbour, the Moon, has always been the most conspicuous feature in our night sky. It has compelled observers since the dawn of humankind, and all have tried to make sense in their own ways of the puzzles it poses and the questions it raises. It provided our ancient ancestors with one of the earliest means of keeping and measuring time, and many early religions had cults that worshipped the Moon. It regulates the tides and has been held accountable for numerous human conditions, most notably madness and psychological disorders.

Drawing on many years of practical observation, Bill Leatherbarrow provides an illuminating insight into the history and evolution of this enthralling astronomical body. He describes how and why the study of the Moon has evolved, particularly in the age of the telescope, and offers an overview of developments in lunar science since the advent of the space age. Leatherbarrow also provides practical advice on how to make your own observations of the Moon. Extensively illustrated with images of the lunar surface, The Moon is an accessible introduction that will appeal to both amateur and professional astronomers and all those fascinated by Earth's natural satellite.

2018 Outstanding Academic Title
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‘A remarkably engaging and lucid narrative. . . . The Moon is an excellent example of science writing at its finest. Highly recommended.’ — Choice

‘A respected planetary observer since the 1960s, Bill Leatherbarrow’s concise account reflects his deep understanding of the development of lunar science. This book is a “must-have” for all observers and students of the Moon.’ — Martin Mobberley, President of the British Astronomical Association from 1997 to 1999

‘Bill Leatherbarrow has provided a fascinating look at the history of both the Moon and how it has been observed, following up that information with numerous tips on how to observe the Moon and understand the complexities of the features that you will be looking at yourself. I highly recommend this book to anyone of any level of lunar observing skill.’ — Robert A. Garfinkle, FRAS

‘Bill Leatherbarrow, a former President of the British Astronomical Association, has written a highly readable account of the Moon and humanity’s relationship with it.’ — BBC Sky at Night Magazine

‘As Leatherbarrow’s beautifully illustrated new book makes clear, the moon still holds surprises. Wonderfully produced by Reaktion Books, The Moon takes readers through the various stages of humanity’s curiosity about the moon.’ — Christian Science Monitor

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Professor Bill Leatherbarrow is Director of the British Astronomical Association's Lunar Section, and a life-long amateur astronomer and observer of the Moon. He is the author and editor of over a dozen books and in 2016 minor planet 95852 was named after him by the International Astronomical Union.