What Would Happen If The Moon Disappeared?



What would happen if the moon disappeared?
Our moon had a great status from the beginning of human civilization, it was immortalized by
various religions all around the world. In greek mythology there was a moon goddess named
Selene the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia, it was worshiped and respected the
same way as the sun god Helios which indicates that our ancestors placed the moon and the
sun on equal footing. Moon is also worshiped in Hindu mythology by those who have
fluctuations in their life, ups and downs and by those who wish to have sons.
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The moon is featured in Van Gogh’s masterpiece “The starry night” , Frank Sinatra’s delightful song “Fly me
to the moon” and many other captivating art works. Art and history have always been enchanted
by the moon but today we intend to highlight the important role of the moon in elevating our
civilization from a scientific perspective. Our aim is to answer the question “ what would happen
if the moon disappeared? “

Before answering that question here are some facts about the moon:
1- The moon is the nearest and brightest celestial object orbiting the Earth in an elliptical path. It
may not follow the same path every cycle due to the fact that its orbit orientation is not entirely
fixed in space but rotates over time resulting in precession and inclination. Its apparent size
differs from the actual size due to the relative motion to an observer on the earth, you can
understand this as follows, the nearer an object to you the bigger you will see it.
2- The moon was formed 4.51 billion years ago approximately after 60 million years of the entire
formation of the solar system. There are several models regarding the moon formation but the
prevailing model is that the Earth-Moon system was formed due to an extremely huge impact
between a Mars sized celestial body called Theia and the proto-Earth, which is the earth at its
very early stages. The impact resulted in the Earth with its shape today and some other material
in its orbit which accreted and formed the moon.
3- Like the earth, the moon is a differentiated celestial body that can be divided into crust,
mantle and core. The Core is solid with a molten iron boundary around it, the mantle is the
largest layer formed by a complex yet extremely important process called the magma fractional
crystallization. The geo-chemical mapping of the moon rocks collected by the Apollo mission
suggests that the crust is mainly composed of mafic minerals which are rich in magnesium and
iron.
4- The photodecomposition process prevents the formation of water on the lunar surface. In
other words, the photons radiated by the sun decompose the water molecules formed on the
lunar surface.

After knowing some interesting facts about the moon and how it was formed, It’s time to
consider the main question of today’s episode.
1- You may wonder what is exactly the relation between the moonlight absence and the
disturbance of the ecosystem because at the first glance they may seem completely unrelated,
however they are strongly connected. The ecosystem is by definition a biological community of
interacting organisms and their physical environment, it contains biotic and abiotic parts; the
biotic parts include all the living organisms whereas the abiotic components include the
environmental factors such as rocks, temperature and humidity. According to the encyclopedia
of national geographic, every factor in the ecosystem depends on every other factor either
directly or indirectly and the slight disturbance in one factor will end up affecting the whole
ecosystem; for example the change in temperature of an ecosystem will limit the type of plants
that grow in there and hence will affect the animals that depend on these plants as a primary
source of food and shelter leading them to adapt to that change or move to another ecosystem
or perish. Another important and related concept to highlight is the food chain; which describes
how energy and nutrients move through an ecosystem. In the food chain, energy is transferred
from one living organism through another in the form of food. There are primary producers such
as plants, primary consumers such as animals that depend on plants as their food source and
secondary consumers such as predators and decomposing organisms.

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