Many people are wondering what would happen to Earth if the moon disappeared from our lives. Some do not realize that the disappearance of the moon from our lives, effectively means the end and extinction of life on planet Earth in the usual way, according to what was published by the specialized scientific website Popular Science.
What does the moon give us?
The moon is more than just that beautiful face that lovers look at at night, and they are happy with the romance that it gives them, but it offers the following:
The direction of tidal currents in oceans and seas
Maintains the movement of the Earth's atmosphere and climate
Prevents tilting of the Earth's axis
Helps with air traffic at night
What happens if the moon suddenly disappears?
And experts determine what exactly happens in the event of the moon's sudden disappearance, and the devastation it will cause on the planet.
This came in the following points
The night is getting darker
Immediately, if the moon disappears, we'll notice that the night will be noticeably darker, because the moon's surface reflects sunlight, illuminating our night sky. Without this indirect glow, any areas without access to artificial light, such as country roads or wooded campgrounds, would become more dangerous at night.
Confusion of the animal life cycle
The sudden absence of the moon may also confuse animals, as a 2013 study showed that animals that use vision as a primary way of interacting with the global benefit, in terms of survival, benefit from the presence of the moon.
Many predators, such as owls and lions, depending on the cover of darkness with little moonlight to hunt effectively, and with no moon, they would have difficulty finding food. On the other hand, rodents tend to hide more when the moonlight is strong, and it is easier for their predators to spot them, with no moon present.
The next immediate difference would be the tides, because the Moon is so close to us, its gravity is affecting our planet, and this force is strong enough to pull our oceans back and forth, what we call tides. Without the Moon, the tides would be rising and falling at a much slower rate, at a rate of about one-third of its current oscillation.
Matt Siegler, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who works on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, says the tides won't completely stop moving, because the Sun also has some oomph on the oceans as well, but not nearly as much as the Moon.
A two-thirds reduction in tides would dramatically alter coastal ecosystems, potentially destroying many of them and disrupting the flow of energy, water, minerals, and other resources.
Entire ecosystems exist in areas of the ocean between high and low tides, and in these areas, many species of crabs, snails, barnacles, mussels, sea stars, kelp, and algae depend on the daily influx of tides for survival. These ecosystems, which in turn feed migratory and local birds as well as land mammals such as bears, raccoons, and deer.
More extreme temperatures
Tides also help drive ocean currents, which in turn direct global weather patterns. Currents distribute warm water and precipitation around the world. Without them, regional temperatures would be more extreme, as would major weather events.
Atmospheric gravity imbalance
It's not just about ocean tides, says Jack Burns, head of the Exploration and Space Science Network at the University of Colorado, the moon's gravity also moves molecules in the atmosphere. Because of this climate stability force, Burns notes, large moons are one of the main things researchers look for when identifying planets that could host life.
And the planet outside our solar system needs to have a very good-sized moon so that the weather systems are calm enough to produce a civilization like ours, and without this moon life as we know it may not exist at all.
The tilt of the planet's axis
A lost moon could cause even more devastating changes, although on a much longer time scale. Without the Moon's gravity holding the Earth in place, the tilt of our planet's axis would likely change dramatically over time. This will cause almost no seasons, with extreme seasonal weather changes and ice ages that may last for a few hundred thousand years.
Mars is the most prominent example of this, as it suffers from severe climatic changes whenever the tilt of its axis changes dramatically because it does not have a large and stable moon to stop this tilt. In the end, fortunately, there is no evidence that the Moon will self-destruct or collide with another rotating asteroid anytime soon.