The Moon's Importance

                                                          Sydney Peters

                                                               5th hour

The Moon's Role

The moon controls phases, tides, and eclipses. Depending on where the moon is at in its orbit is how we get phases, eclipses, and tides. Tides are caused because of the moons gravity is pulling on the water. Phases and eclipses are caused by the moons angle to the sun and what we see here on earth. That is the three main roles of the moon.

We have phases because of the sun's reflection on the moon. The Moon revolves around us so as it is revolving the sun reflects off of it and that is why we see phases. The phases of the moon affect us because they cause tides and eclipses. Depending on what phase the moon is on is how we get our different tides. If the moon is in the 1st or 3rd quarter we will have a neap tide and at the new moon or full moon you will have a spring tide. Those are the main reasons that phases affect the Earth.

Tides are caused by the moon. Depending on where the moon is in its revolution depends on what type of tide we have. The two main types of tides are spring tides and neap tides. You want to keep track of the tides incase you live on the coast or take a vacation to a coastal state. I think tides are very important to the Earth.

There are two types of eclipses, lunar and solar. A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth passes between the moon and sun, and casts a shadow on the moon. A solar eclipse happens when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun, and casts a shadow on the Earth. You can watch a lunar eclipse without damaging your eyes but if you watch a solar eclipse you will have a great chance to go blind. I would love to experience an eclipse.

In conclusion the moon has a lot of different jobs. It controls eclipses, phases, and tides. Eclipses are a really cool rare sight that most people don't experience in there life. Tides are a really cool thing to watch happen over time. That is why I love studying the moon.

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