The Moon's Importance

Paola Trujillo
8th Hour

The Moon's Role

The moon is not just a big ball sitting in space. It plays roles for some of the things that affect Earth. Some of the things that the Moon does that affect Earth are Moon Phases, Eclipses, and Tides. However, the Moon, Earth, and the Sun all have to work together to make these things happen. These however don't affect Earth in a bad way to say it affects it in a good way. We don't always just see the same tides, moon phases, and eclipse it all depends on the Moon Earth and Sun's location , position and force in space.

Due to the moon revolving around the Earth and the suns lighting on the moon we from Earth can see what the the moon forms, moon phases. We don't just see the same moon phase everyday, that would be boring. This is were the moons revolving comes in place. In results of the moon revolving around the Earth and the suns lighting on the moon we see different moon phase. These moon phases are called, New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter, Waning Crescent. However we only see one side of the moon.

Tides are the rise and fall of ocean water that occurs about every 12.5 hours Tides occur due to the to gravity's force pulling the moon and the earth including earths water toward each other. There are two types of tides these tides are known as Spring Tides and Neap tides. Spring tides happen twice a month. They occur during a New Moon and a Full Moon. Neap Tides occur twice month too. These tides occur during a First Quarter and a Third Quarter. Tides affect earth when gravity pulls Earth's water.

A Eclipse is when the Moon or Earth comes between the Sun and the third object. The Moon revolving around the Earth makes the creation of Eclipse. Although Eclipses don't occur everyday. The Earth, Moon, and Sun must be in a line. However the order must be different for the different Eclipses to occur. The two main Eclipses that occur are a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse. A Solar Eclipse occurs during a New Moon. In order a Solar Eclipse to occur however, the Moon, Earth, and Sun must be in line in which the Moon is between the Sun and Earth. Due to the Moon being in the middle it covers the Sun letting us on Earth view the Sun's Corona. For a Lunar Eclipse to occur the Moon, Earth, and Sun again are in a straight line but now the Earth is between the Moon and Sun. In results of the Earth being in between the Moon and Sun the Earth covers all of the sunlight for the moon. But why is the moon a reddish color during a Lunar Eclipse if the Earth covers the sun? Since the Earth is in the middle, the suns light shines through Earth's atmosphere casting shatters of light on to the Moon making the Moon get its color during a Lunar Eclipse. Eclipses affect Earth by letting us on Earth see them. During an Eclipse sometimes shadows which aren't usually spotted during eclipses.

People might say "Oh yeah it's the moon so whatever." Some people might see it as just the bright ball we see in the sky every night when it's visible. However Earth would be different if we didn't have the moon. The Moon does more then just be in the sky for us to see. With the gravity pulling the moon and Earth including Earth's water we get tides. If the moon didn't exist we wouldn't have tides and the water would not move from one place to another, it would just stay in one place. With the Moon revolving around Earth we get the Moon Phases if we didn't have a moon of course we wouldn't have moon phases. Lastly, if the Moon wasn't here we would never be able to experience Eclipses. We would have never seen the Sun's Corona or seen a reddish colored moon. Earth would just see the sun in the day and at night we would just see a black sky. Next time people see the Moon in the sky they should remember it doesn't just sit in the sky as a decoration it's there for a reason, a reason that Earth needs in order to work how it does.

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