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

Epigraph:

He it is Who made the sun radiate a brilliant light and the moon reflect a luster, and ordained for it stages, that you might know the number of years and the reckoning of time. Allah has not created this but with truth and a purpose. He details the Signs for a people who have knowledge. (Al Quran 10:5)

He created the heavens and the earth in accordance with truth and a real purpose. He makes the night to cover the day, and He makes the day to cover the night; and He has pressed the sun and the moon into service; each pursues its course until an appointed time. Hearken, it is He alone Who is the Mighty, the Great Forgiver. (Al Quran 39:5)

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

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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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