Discovery Channel Video: Moon: Does it have a purpose?

A full moon rises over the skyline of New York next to One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

A full moon rises over the skyline of New York next to One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Article written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

If you wonder what your life would be like without the moon, the surprising answer is that you wouldn’t be here to wonder at all! Earth before the impact that created the moon for our planet was a totally different planet.

The main message of the Discovery channel documentary is that if there were no moon, there would have been no land based life on our planet. The Earth has a large moon, making it unique in the inner solar system. The inner Solar System, that is the habitable zone of our solar system, includes the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.  Mercury and Venus have no moons, and Mars has only two small asteroid-sized objects orbiting it. There are 139 moons in our solar system, but our moon enjoys some special features. Of all the known moons in our Solar System, only three are in the inner region.

The moon manages the tilt of earth, in its rotation and hence the weather on our planet.

6 replies

  1. Discovery channel documentary: If we had no moon

    In the If We Had No Moon DVD, scientists discuss how a rogue planet crashed into the earth millions of years ago. The outcome: the Moon. In a Moon and Earth DVD, watch as scientists use state-of-the-art simulations to show the collision and discuss how everything around us would be different. Or more likely, nonexistent.

    If We Had No Moon DVD, consider what life on earth would be like without the moon? Well, chances are, there wouldn’t be any life on earth without the moon. In an Earth DVD, life – if it had started at all – would still be in the earliest stages of evolution.
    Scientists use the latest computer simulations to show how an ancient rogue planet – Orpheus – collided with the earth millions of years ago, producing a sizable chunk of debris that eventually became our moon. Watch in the Universe DVD, how if that collision had never occurred, we would live in a very different place. Imagine a moon-less weather report – blizzards over the Sahara, flood waters swallowing the Pyramids, 90 degree temperatures in Antarctica. In If We Had No Moon DVD, as the earth wobbles on its axis – unsecured by the moon’s gravitational pull – the polar caps would grow and recede at frightening rates. And without the moon, our planet would spin much faster – meaning four-hour days and searing temperatures.
    Worse yet, in the Earth DVD, evidence reveals that we are in fact losing our grip on our lunar friend thanks to the ebb and flow of the oceans’ tides. Experts reveal theories for salvaging the moon – including hijacking Europa from Jupiter – and demonstrate how we can prepare ourselves for our eventual life without it.

    Shop for a fascinating Moon DVD and delve into the possibility that life as we know it, is a direct affect of an ancient planetary collision that produced the Moon, which affects weather, gravitational pull and much, much more.

    http://store.discovery.com/if-we-had-no-moon-dvd/detail.php?p=84846

  2. Mullah Nasruddin also concluded that the Moon was more important than the sun. That is because the moon gives us light in the night when it is dark. During the day it is light anyway and therefore the sun is not needed all that much ….

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