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8 Ways Our World Would Change If Our Moon Was Eliminated

Without the moon, there would be no werewolves... Seriously, that is no lie. Moon influenced and continues to influence both fiction and the real world.

Without the Moon, there would be no werewolves... Seriously, that is no lie. Moon influenced and continues to influence both fiction and the real world. Our Moon impacts the weather, oceans, the length of the days and the height of the tides.  We do not need to be astrophysicists to figure out how the absence of the moon would affect the Earth and all of its population.

Just in case you are still wondering, here are the eight ways our world would change if our moon was eliminated.

No Protection Against Debris

Blue earth seen from the moon surface.

Moon was known to attract a considerable amount of interplanetary debris and asteroids wandering around our solar system. Without the protection of the moon, Earth might not have been a safe enough place for the development of life. Even today, the absence of the Moon could result in more frequent meteoric impacts on Earth.

There Would Be Much Less „Bling-Bling“

Without the moon, there would be a much lower concentration of precious metals like gold and platinum.

Without the moon, there would be a much lower concentration of precious metals like gold and platinum. It is because of the formation of the Moon and seismic activity that they were brought up to the surface and made more available for human exploitation.

We Would Experience Different Cultural And Social Changes

There would be no more gazing at the moon, no more romantic walks on the moonlight.

In a certain way, the many phases of the Moon also affected the cultural imagination of humans. There would be no more gazing at the moon, no more romantic walks on the moonlight. The entire sport of surfing would experience a drastic change, or it might even disappear because the surfers rely on tide times and tide pushes for bigger, larger waves. And the future generations would be unclear as to why the English rock band Pink Floyd titled their album „The Dark Side of the Moon“.

Our Climate Would Run Wild

Earth and moon in space with milky-way.

Without the moon's gravity, there is a possibility we would experience drastic variations in seasonal weather. We would experience vast differences between temperatures throughout the whole year. Because there is no moon to stabilize the tilt of the Earth's axis, it is entirely possible that ice age scenarios might occur in a few thousand years. 

Many Animals Would Be In a State Of Confusion

The disappearance of the Moon would be devastating for the animals.

This is especially true for certain bird species as the absence of the moon would directly affect their migration cycles, as well as their reproduction. Barau's petrel, an endangered seabird that mates on the island of Reunion is never late for its date thanks to the full moon. Animals like owls and lions also rely on the moon to hunt and find food. It is not entirely clear how the animals would react, but the change would definitely affect them in various ways.

The Tides Would Be Almost One-Third As High As They Are Now

Tides are the most common association when people talk about the effects moon has on our planet.

Tides are the most common association when people talk about the effects moon has on our planet. It is the moons gravity pull that impacts the way our oceans go back and forth. Tides would not stop completely because there is still the gravity pull from the sun, but they would be much lesser due to the absence of the moon.

The Day Would Be Much Shorter

With the moon obliterated, our days could last as short as only six hours.

With the moon obliterated, our days could last as short as only six hours. Because the moon slows down the Earth's rotation, without it, we could experience a year that lasts as much as a thousand days. That would mean fewer birthdays, but also a much shorter work week!

The Night Sky Would Be Much Darker

Nightsky from Mauna Kea Summit

Because the second brightest object in the sky is Venus, with the absence of Moon, our nights would be much darker. Venus is nearly 14,000 times less bright than the full moon, hence it would not be bright enough to light up the sky in the same intensity the Moon does it. Many places without artificial lightning would be much darker and riskier to travel at night, but for anyone with an interest in astronomy and ownership of a telescope, the absence of the moon might make them enjoy the dark night skies even more.  

About the Author

Antonia is a sociologist and an anglicist by education, but a writer and a behavior enthusiast by inclination. If she's not writing, editing or reading, you can usually find her snuggling with her huge dog or being obsessed with a new true-crime podcast. She also has a (questionably) healthy appreciation for avocados and Seinfeld.

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