The Moon's Phases

Kaylee Archer

2nd Hour

                                                      The Moon's Role

Half of the moon is almost always in sunlight. Since the moon orbits earth we see the moon in different angles. These are called moon phases and the phase we see depends on how much of the side that is sunlit of the moon faces earth. The moon also has eclipses. Eclipse is when something in space come in between the sun and another object, it casts a shadow on that object causing an eclipse. There are two kinds of eclipses solar, and lunar. Solar eclipses occurs when the moon passes directly between earth and sun. Lunar eclipses happens at a full moon when earth is directly between the moon and sun. Then there's  tides. Tides are caused mainly by differences in how much gravity from the moon and thesunpullsnon different parts of earth.

There are eight moon phases. The eight phases are new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent. We have moon phases because moon orbits earth and half of the moon is almost always in sunlight we see the moon from different angles. The phase starts out with a new moon then as the moon revolves around the earth you more and more the lit side until its completely lite. Then as it continues to revolve you see less and less of the lit side. For the moon to completely revolve around the earth takes about a month.

There are two tides. High tides and low tides. High tides are caused by a bulge which is when the Moon's gravity pulls a little more strongly on the water on the side closest to the moon than on earth by itself. Low tides, the Moon's gravity pulls more weakly on the water on the far side of earth than on earth as a whole. Since its pulled with more force  some water is left behind then water flows toward the farther side making a high tide. In between the high tides, water goes toward the high tide making a low tide.

There are solar eclipse and lunar eclipse. The lunar eclipse has a total lunar eclipse and partial lunar eclipse. Solar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly between earth and the sun cutting out the sunlight from earth. The Moon's shadow then hits earth. Lunar eclipse happens at a full moon when earth is directly between the moon and the sun. During a lunar eclipse, earth blocks out sunlight from reaching the moon. Lunar eclipse only occurs at a full moon because its closest to earths shadow.

The moon is important. The moon is important because without the moons gravity pulling on our oceans we wouldn't have tides we would have the same water level. Also if we didn't have the moon we wouldn't have any light at night. Since the moon or its the earth it slows down the earths rotation. The moon also has something to do with our climate.

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