Sometimes, I just want to sit outside and look at the moon.
The moon is a vision at night – there’s no doubt about it.
But have you ever thought that there is more to it than just providing romantic views at night?
My 6 year old was curious enough to ask and I thought to myself that I did read something about it in school but my mommy brain could not remember!
And so I started reading and remembered that the moon controls the tides of the ocean. There’s more to the moon than just that though and the haunting effects of losing it can only be fully appreciated if we dig deeper into what the moon does for planet Earth.
And then that little monster came up with another question?
What if the moon suddenly blew up?
This time i was well prepared. So I told her that the tides would go low and the oceans would become calm. While this might apparently seem like a benefit, it will drastically affect the mobility and transportation of aquatic life. This would lead to the inevitable extinction of thousands of underwater species.
But that’s not all! If the moon no longer stayed with us we’d become much less stable. The Earth-Moon mass system keeps the Earth stabilized in its orbit. Without the moon we’d lose this balance – the Earth would wobble more and the changing seasons will be thrown into turmoil.
We’re not done yet. Let’s not forget the craters on the moon – where did they come from, you ask? These craters result from the meteorites that directly hit the moon, protecting the Earth; without it, these meteorites would shower on our planet destroying life and becoming a frightening natural disaster.
So, the next time you gaze at the full moon with awe, remember that there’s more to it than just its striking beauty.