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.  The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles on the theme of religion and science

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.

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2 replies

  1. Mulla Nasiruddin says that the Moon is much more important than the sun, because in the day time it is light anyway. In the night it is dark and that is why the moon is so important

    • This is so funny! Tell him that the light from the moon is reflected from the sun and hence, without the sun nothing would be possible…;))))

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