The Moon's Importance
The Moon's Role
The moon has many different roles it plays for the Earth. The moon rotates around the Earth and creates different phases of the moon you can see. The Moon's gravity creates tides in large bodies of water. Tides are the rise and fall of ocean water that occur every 12.5 hours or so. Eclipses are when the moon sun and Earth are lined up and a shadow is cast on the other object. The moon effects the Earth with eclipses, tides and different phases.
We see the moon on Earth in different phases. Phases of the moon are when we see a different shape of the moon being out up. We have phases because of the motion of the moon around the Earth. The moon revolves and rotates like the Earth but it takes the same time for the moon to rotate and revolve. This is equal to about one month. We see the different phases because of how much of the lit side of the moon is facing the Earth.
The moon makes large bodies of water on Earth have tides. Tides are the rising and falling of water about every 12.5 hours. Tides are caused by differences in how much gravity from the moon and the sun pulls on different parts of Earth. Two types of tides are Spring Tides and Neap Tides. A Spring Tide is a tide with the greatest difference between consecutive high and low tides. A Neap Tide is a tide with the least difference between consecutive low and high tides. Spring tides occur at full and new moon phases and Neap Tides occur during 1st and 3rd quarter moons.
Eclipses occur when an object in space comes between the sun and a third object and casts a shadow on that object. The two types of eclipses are solar and lunar eclipses. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, blocking sunlight from Earth. A lunar eclipse occurs at a full moon when Earth is directly between the sun and moon. You can see a partial and total lunar eclipse.
The moon is a very important object for the Earth. It makes there be eclipses and tides. There are also phases of the moon because of rotation. Without the moon there would be no tides in water. Also there would be no eclipses. Without the moon there would be no lightest night except from the stars. It would be a lot different without the moon. The moon is very important for the Earth.