Do We Really Need the Moon? – BBC (2011)

Do We Really Need the Moon? - BBC Documentary

We have been listening moon rhymes since childhood and have been studying about it since primary grades. The presence of the moon has become so obvious to us that we never bother to think about what could have happened if the moon was not there for us. Do We Really Need The Moon is a BBC documentary film that raises questions about the existence and place of the moon in our lives. Based on astrological studies, this BBC documentary film is an illustration of what the moon does for us and how far it reaches our lives which is still beyond the understanding of scientists and astronomers.

In this BBC documentary film, Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a NASA scientist and a lunar fanatic explores the effects of the moon on our lives. The moon not only brightens our nights but it also dictates the strength of the tidal waves, the length of days and nights and the length of the seasons. At large, moon decides the stability of the Earth as it has enormous effects on the temperatures of the earth. Our planet is a sort of round ball which might melt or freeze if one type of weather prevails here. However, the moon balances the warming and melting temperatures therefore, even the deserts are cold at night.

In solar system, moon is a dynamic body that changes its place with time. This film shows how the moon had been far off the earth, then it came closer and now it will start moving farther again as the ultimate distance of the moon and earth has been reached. It also contains CGIs to explain the story of the earth that is dependent on the moon which is generally conceived as a rocky stone but actually, it controls the stability of life on earth. This BBC documentary film was released on February 1, 2011.

Do We Really Need The Moon lacks strong arguments in the context. For example when Dr. Maggie was at Fall of Lora, she was mouthing words about everything, but the moon. In several other parts of this film, the arguments seemed to have no relationship with the moon. On average, this BBC documentary film, though contains considerable information, but all that information is readily available in newspapers, magazines and on the internet. Much of the content is readily been taught at universities or high schools.

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