The Moon's Importance

Dylan Calhoon
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The Moon's Role

The moon plays a very large role on Earth's surface and systems. It affects many things; but there are three main effects. These include: the moon phases, the tides on Earth, and all sorts of eclipses. The moon effects all three of these things in differential ways; acting as a blocker, a gravitational pull, and a light. The moon affects many things here on Earth that affect our everyday lives.

The moon has a cycle of phases that it completes over about a month. This cycle includes 8 different phases: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, and Waning Crescent. These phases are caused by the relative changing positions of the Sun, Earth, and Moon. Moon phases affect people on Earth in many ways, including: the visibility on Earth, and they also play a role in eclipses. Moon phases effect us in many ways on Earth and are very important to our lives.

Tides affect our lives on Earth every single day. There are two main types of tides: spring and neap. Each area experiences two high and two low tides every 24 hours. During a neap tide, the sun, the Earth, and the Moon form a right angle; whereas during spring tides they form a 180 degree angle. Spring tides happen when the high tide is at it's highest, and the low tide is at its lowest. This is important to know if you are a fisherman because you do not want to fish in shallow water during low tide. Tides are caused by the sun and moons gravitational pull on Earth; creating tidal bulges. Although we don't have tides in Carthage, they still make an large impact on our lives.

The Moon plays a very large role in eclipses that involve Earth. There are two main types of eclipses: solar and lunar. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth's shadow is cast upon the Moon; whereas during a solar eclipse the Moons shadow is cast upon the Earth. These scenarios create quite a show here on Earth; and are somewhat rare which creates the event of watching them. Eclipses don't happen every night and are a definite sight to see if the chance is given to you.

Just think, if the moon were gone, none of these things would happen. Our moon plays such a large rule in our lives and we don't realize it. The night sky would be even darker than it is currently, the phases would be non-existent, and there would no longer be tides. All these things are important to us. These are all reasons why the moon is important as well. Night without the moon would be like daytime without the sun. Can you imagine?

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