The Moon's Importance

Carissa Triplett

4th Hour

The Moon's Role

The moon isn't just something to look at when night time roles around. Our moon affects us in many different ways here on Earth. Phases are one way that they affect us. We are able to tell when a new month rolls in by what phase the moon is on that day. Another way the moon affects us is the different eclipses. In some ways, we are only able to see these eclipses if we are in the umbra part of the moon's shadow. The last way the moon affects us is the way it controls our tides. The moon has gravity that is responsible for pulling some of Earth's water towards. This is what causes neap tides, spring tides, high tides, and low tides.

The moon has eight different phases. These phases are not created by the moon's own light, the moon actually reflects the light from the sun and sends it to Earth. The moon rotates on it's axis at the same time it revolves around the Earth. This is why we only see one side of the moon at all times. Phases that we see on Earth are caused by how much sun hits the one side of the moon that we see. These phases affect us because they help us see when a month is up. This is so because a day on the moon is a month here on Earth.

There are four main types of tides; low tides, high tides, spring tides, and neap tides. Tides occur because the sun and moon have gravity that pull on different parts of the Earth. High tides and low tides sometimes affect people on Earth because how people fish for food. Also, some of the tides affect how marine life survive.

There are two types of eclipses; lunar and solar eclipses. Solar eclipses involve the moon passing between the Earth and the sun, blocking out sunlight from Earth. The darkest part of the shadow would be in the umbra and the larger, more often seen part would be in the penumbra. Eclipses occur when an object in space comes between the sun and a third object and casts a shadow on that object. These eclipses affect Earth because when an eclipse occurs the sky becomes dark and eerie, it also cools down quite a bit. Basically, night can come at day.

Life would be very different if we didn't have the moon. The way we examine the night sky would be different, we would have no light in the night sky to help us when we are trying to find the right key to get into the house. The moon phases wouldn't even exist, therefore we wouldn't be able to predict what week in the month it was, or when the new month should be coming in. Our tides would also be very different, the fishing schedules would really have to change. Also, marine life would have to adjust to the new change. Our moon is very important. All the way from light into the night sky, to how helps us get to food in the sea/lake easier.  

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