Do We Really Need the Moon?

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The Moon is such a familiar presence in the sky 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 lunar fanatic Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores our intimate relationship with the Moon.

Besides orchestrating the tides, the moon 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 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.

Using computer graphics to summon up great tides and set the Earth spinning on its side, Maggie Aderin-Pocock implores us to look at the Moon afresh: to see it not as an inert rock, but as a key player in the story of our planet, past, present and future.

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  • Realfate@gmail.com 4 years ago

    "cosmic coincidence", this is a jockhow can any sane human believe that everything happened by coincidence
    planets created by coincidence
    moon created and put at its position and defined its life cycle by coincidence
    sun, obit, black holes, .... etc.
    and how all they are moving with no mistakes

    I believe Allah created that all, and he is managing every smallest part of the whole universe

    realfate@gmail.com

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  • test3 5 years ago

    Thanks! Should be working now :)

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  • test3 5 years ago

    Thanks! Should be working now :)

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  • milklover13 5 years ago

    video doesn't work
     

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  • milklover13 5 years ago

    video doesn't work
     

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  • Clint 5 years ago

    4 billion years. How do we really know what happened 4 billion years ago. If someone were to walk up to me and say this is what happened 4 billion years ago and here's how I know, I'd say, 'I still don't believe you'. The only way to accurately measure what's happened in the past is to have written accounts of such happenings. Looking at layers of rock and carbon dating or whatever other means of measurement you can come up with is not going to mean anything unless you can go back in time to ensure it's accuracy. No method for measurement of time and age used today existed even 100 years ago and so how do we compare accuracy.

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  • Hey dumb skinhead. Go back to school. Your Grammer is what I would expect of someone in first grade

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  • I am shocked to know there are still people in the world who are as rude as you are. Get a life buddy

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  • .,..David Icke?...really?

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  • Italics Mine 5 years ago

    Or as humorist Josh Billings put it: "It's better to know nothin' than to know what ain't so."

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