The Moon's Importance
The Moon's Role
Moon phases are the different shapes that you see from earth. They are caused by motions of the moon around the earth. An eclipse happens when an object in space comes between the sun and another object, it casts a shadow creating an eclipse. There are two types of eclipses; solar and lunar eclipses. Tides are the rise and fall of ocean water that occurs every 12.5 hours. They are caused by differences in how much gravity from the moon and the sun pulls on different parts of the earth.
We have a total of eight phases of the moon. We have a new moon and a full moon, a gibbons and a crescent, and it's either waxing or waning. We have phases because of earths revolution making it where we only see parts of the moon at certain times. If we didn't have moon phases some of us would see the moon and some of us wouldn't see it.
There are two types of tides; a spring tide and a heap tide. A spring tide occurs on a new moon and a full moon. A neap tide occurs on first and third quarter, and they occur twice a month. Tides occur because the differences in how much gravity from the moon and the sun pulls on different parts of earth. Tides affect earth by their high and low, if it's a neap tide the earth's gravity isn't that strong toward the sun, and vise versa.
There are two types of eclipses; solar and lunar eclipses. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between earth and the sun, blocking sunlight from earth. Lunar eclipses occur at a full moon when earth is directly between the moon and the sun. Eclipses can affect earth by turning off the power or they can also mess with the weather.
Our moon is very important to world because it plays a big role in our solar system. It revolves and rotates just like earth. Without the moon our earth would be completely dark at night. We would not have phases of the moon like we have now. If we didn't have the moon it would affect the ocean and more.