The moon's importance

By: Jason Rodas 4th hour

The moon's role

The moon reflects light to the Sun giving us moonlight. Due to the cause of the moon rotating we see only parts of it. The parts of the moon we see are called (in order)

1. New moon

2. Waxing crescent

3. First quarter

4. Waxing gibbons

5. Full moon

6. Waning gibbons

7. Third quarter

8. Waning crescent


The moon also causes tides.The moon's gravitational pulls the water and the Earth. The two main waves there are spring and neap tides. Spring tides occur during new and full moon. Neap tides occur during first and third quarter. The area that has the most water during a spring tide is where there are high tides. The area that has the lowest water is the low tide.


The moon, the sun, and the earth are all in a straight line. These are called eclipses.

1. The first well known eclipse is called a solar eclipse. There are two different kinds of different eclipses. There are total solar eclipse and partial solar eclipse. Total solar eclipse are when the moon blocks the earth and people within the umbra ( darkest part of the shadow) people can't see the sun.  a partial solar eclipse is when the penumbra (lightest part of the shadow) hits earth. During a partial people see only a little bit of the sun.

2. The second set of eclipse are lunar eclipse. Just like a solar, lunar eclipse have total and partial eclipses. A total lunar eclipse is when the moon is in the earth's umbra. But since its lunar it can be seen anywhere on earth. Partial lunar eclipse is when they aren't in a straight light but are lined. This kind of eclipse occur when the moon passes through a part of the earth's umbra.


now we know that the moon is important in away. Mostly if you're a surfer or an astronaut but still is important. Without the moon we wouldn't have tides eclipses or the phases.

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