National Moon Day

Jessica Hurlbut

Reference Assistant

On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to land on the moon and said his famous line. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” If you’d like to learn more about Armstrong, you can check out a biography we have about him: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree. We also have some movies, too. Apollo 11 is a great one. We also have Back to the Moon and 8 Days to the Moon and Back. To commemorate this milestone in human history, a national holiday has been put in place. July 20th marks National Moon Day. Here are some great titles to help celebrate this day, including fun information on the solar system, as well as the more mystical topic of astrology and horoscopes. 

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First up we have The Book of the Moon by Rick Stroud. This gives a history of the moon and different mythological beliefs about its origins. If you’re looking for a book that covers the entire solar system, you can check out Space Atlas: Mapping the Universe and Beyond by James Trefil. Another good one to try is It’s About Time: From Calendars and Clocks to Moon Cycles and Light Years – A History by Liz Evers. This is a great one that talks about how moon cycles played an important role in the history of timekeeping. 

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On a similar note, books on horoscopes are great reads when learning more information about the moon. Many people use the location of the moon, planets, and constellations to provide wisdom through life. If that sounds like something you’d like to read about, you can check out Astrology: Using the Wisdom of the Stars in Your Everyday Life by Taylor Carole. Another good one is The Illustrated Guide to Astrology by Judy Hall. Even if you don’t believe in that, it’s still exciting to learn more about it, especially if you enjoy space. Seeing it from this more supernatural perspective could be an interesting way to broaden your knowledge. 

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Overall, the moon is an enigma that we’re fortunate to see at night. These books will hopefully help you learn more, encourage your admiration of the moon, and provide good reads about a fun topic. Enjoy! 

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