What if we had no moon?


What if this bright sphere we are so accustomed to in the sky just weren’t there? How would our planet get by without it?

1. Perhaps the most obvious fallout of an absent moon would be the tidal changes. If the moon wasn’t affecting our oceans, the tides would be about a third the size they are now; the sun would “take over” tidal changes, but it just doesn’t have the same pull as the moon.

2. The moon also affects the altitude of the ocean; the gravitational pull of the moon causes a “bulge” of water around the middle of the earth. In other words, the poles have less water than the equator. If the moon didn’t exist, the bulge of water would disperse, rushing to the shallower poles.

3. The moon is also helping to slow down Earth’s rotation. In fact, the moon is slowing us down a tiny bit every single day. (If you can divide “microseconds per year” into daily increments, that is.) If we had no moon to slow our roll, we’d be spinning ourselves six-hour days. While that might sound intriguing, keep in mind that it would lead to all sorts of consequences. There would be increased wind and storms for one, but it would also probably have affected how life evolved on our planet. With only a few short hours of daylight and darkness, who knows what plants and animals could have developed — or lost out.

4. And then there’s the matter of our axis. The moon stabilizes us to keep that nifty 23 degree tilt that makes for mild seasons and environments. Without the moon, we might be careening from upright to sideways. With a near-zero degree tilt we’d barely see a few minutes of sun or — like Uranus, with its 97-degree tilt — we might find ourselves in 42 continuous years of sunlight, followed by 42 years darkness. And make no bones about it – it would be pretty darn dark without the light of the moon beside us.

This is just another testimonial for existence of the Intelligent Designer GOD.

Source: http://science.howstuffworks.com/no-moon.htm