The Moon's Importance
By: James Pennington
The Moon has many roles in the universe. The moon has six phases. The phase of the moon depends on how much of the Moon is visible. The Moon can cause eclipses. There are lunar and solar eclipses, a lunar eclipse is when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow. A solar eclipse is when the moon covers the sun and you cannot see the sun from certain places on Earth. Another role Moon plays is causing tides. The Moon's gravitational pull causes the wane on the Earth's surface to rise and fall. In conclusion, the Moon has many roles in the universe.
There are six Moon phases. The phase of the Moon depends on how much of the Moon is illuminated or visible. When the Moon is totally visible, it is called a Full Moon. When no part of the Moon is visible it is called a New Moon because this is the beginning of the cycle. A Full Moon is haft way through the cycle.
Besides high and low tides, there are two types of tides. Every day, there are two high tides, and two low tides. Spring tides are the tides with the highest differences between high and low tide. Neep tides are tides with very low differences between high and low tides. In conclusion, spring tides are the opposite of Neep tides.
There are two types of eclipses. A lunar eclipse is when the Moon passes through Earth's shadow. A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes over and blocks out the sun. Eclipses can be rather total or partial. In conclusion, lunar and solar eclipses are the two types of eclipses.
The Moon is important for so many reasons. The Moon gives light. At night time in many third world countries, the Moon is the only source of light at night. The Moon causes tides. For example, if there was no low tide, then people would have a hard time gathering oysters or crabs for food. In conclusion, the Moon is very important to life on Earth.