The Moon's Importance

Lyhrik Moore
4th Hour

The Moon's Role

The moon has eight moon phases. These phases last about a month in total. The moon causes tides at two of the eight phases. These tides are called spring and neap tides. The moon has two types of eclipses called lunar and solar eclipses. These occur about 4 times a year during the spring and fall seasons.

Moon Phases

Moon phases are caused by motions of the moon around Earth. There are eight phases of the moon. The eight phases of the moon are new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent. They affect us on Earth by allowing us to tell time and at certain points of the phases they help us see more clearly at night.


There are two types of tides. There are spring tides and neap tides. A spring tide is a high tide. A neap tide is a low tide. They affect Earth because people have to know when tides are going to occur in order to get what they need done for the day.

Eclipses occur about four times a year. There are lunar and solar eclipses. Lunar eclipses affect us by either blocking light or giving off light.

The moon is important because it helps us figure out the time of month, gives off light at eight, and many other things. Life without the moon would have dark, dark nights. Living somewhere without certain technology and electricity, no moon equals complete darkness. We wouldn't be able to see much at night in those countries. Also, without a moon there wouldn't be tides.

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