The Moon's Importants

Eden Mather

8th Hour

The Moon's Role

The moon is very important to the Earth. One way is by the tides. The tides are caused by the moon's gravitational pull. Another way is the phases. There are eight phases in a 28 day time period. And finally the eclipses. There are two kinds of eclipses, the solar and the lunar.

There are eight phases of the moon. There are the waxing and waning gibbous, the waxing and waning crescents, and the new and full moon. These phases occur because of the revolution and rotation of the moon and Earth. The phases have no negative or positive effects on the Earth.

The two types of tides are the spring, or high, tide and the neap, or low, tide. Spring tides can occur during all months, but only on new and full moons. Neap tides can occur in any month and can only occur on first and third quarter moons. Tides affect when people can go fishing. Tides occur because of the Sun's and moon's gravitational pull on the water on Earth and Earth itself.

There are two different types of eclipses. The first, which is caused by the moon casting a shadow on the Earth, is a solar eclipse. The next is a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs on a full moon unlike the solar which occurs on a new moon. Lunar eclipses are when the Earth casts a shadow on the moon. Eclipses are very rare and are a wonderful sight to see if you get a chance.

The moon is very important to the Earth. If there was no moon there would be no phases, no natural light at night, and no tides. The moon creates tides and without it the tides would not exist. There would be no waves without the moon. The moon provides a natural light source at night. If the moon was gone then the night would be extremely dark.

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