Of all of the heavenly bodies that seize our attention and enthrallment as astronomers, none has a larger influence on life on planet Earth than itís own satellite, the Moon. Our closest neighbor in the universe has inspired us to such a great degree that, despite the hundreds of other satellites in our solar system alone, it is so named, The Moon.

It is not only young societies that attribute mood swings, shifts in social conduct and changes in weather to the moon. Science still has it challenging to credit or dsicredit how or even if the Moon has any true world result on our hominid bodies or now.

The oceans themselves are scientifically verified to be affected by the moon and it's gravity. The tides are an integral part of how maritime life is regulated and the comings and goings of the angling domain in maritime communities. These tidal influences produced by the moon can be so strong during times when the the Sun, Moon and Earth are in alignment, so strong in fact that they can affect bodies of water that are landlocked and even the ground itself. Eons ago, when the Moons orbit was closer to the Earth, it was the effect of the moon that made massive switches in the topography of the land and on continental drift as well. So redundant to say, the Moon has had a great result on our earth and our lives.

You may wonder where the moon derived from. Theories abounded for years, that it was a planet that travelled too close to Earth;s orbit when it was still forming and then trapped by it's gravity. The most widely accepted explanation given to us by the scientific community is that the Moon is the result of a hit of a traveling outer space body with the Earth as it was being formed and sent of what would eventually form our Moon. The reason scientists, and the astornauts who have been there think the Moon was formed from the young Earth is due to the highly synoptic make up of both celestial bodies.

Most know that Earth is not round but more of an egg shaped orb. Without it, the Earth would bounce back and forth. If the Moon were not there, this wobble would then affect the shape of the planet itself, switching the layout of the poles and hence disastrously switching our weather patterns and climate zones. Without of friendly neighborhood orbiter, life on our world may not have been able to form, due to the physical shifts in climate, weather, and topography that would occur without it.