The Moon's Importance
Addy Borland
8th Hour

The Moon's Role

The moon has many important roles. It goes through 8 phases each month. The phases usually last 2-3 days. Also, the moon controls tides. The Moon's gravitational pull, pulls on the water of the Earth. Each high and low tide happens 2 times in 24 hours, resulting in a 6.25 time frame for each tide. Another big thing the moon is involved with is eclipses. Eclipses happen about 4 times a year; 2 solar, 2 lunar.

We have 8 phases of the moon. The phases are 3rd quarter, waxing gibbous, waxing crescent, waning gibbous, waning crescent, 1st quarter, new moon, and full moon. Waxing means the light is growing from the right and waning means it's shrinking from the left. Gibbous is more than 1/2, crescent is less than 1/2, and quarter is exactly 1/2. We have these phases because of the orientation of the sun and moon.

There are more specific names for high and low tides. The names are spring and neap tides. A spring tide has the greatest distance between consecutive low and high tides. A neap tide is a tide with the least distance between consecutive low and high tides. Tides occur because the moon pulls Earth's water with its gravity. The moon affects the tides by changing their direction.

There are 2 kinds of eclipses. The first one is a solar eclipse. Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes directly between the Earth and sun. Another kind of eclipse is a lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses occur when Earth is directly between the moon and the sun. It affects Earth by not being able to see

As you see, the moon has many important roles. Without the moon, we wouldn't have tides. Our Earth's orbit wouldn't be stabilized either. The moon affects Earth in many ways. If we didn't have a moon, we might not have had an Earth!

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