The key question is how could the earliest life-forms leave the ocean environment and adapt to live on land? They would like to avoid any suggestion that Earth and our moon have been designed. The planets in our solar system have elliptical-shaped orbits, meaning the orbit’s shape is an ellipse, or “squashed” circle. Without the moon being present, tidal flow would be barely noticeable and there would be less opportunity for sea creatures to adapt to a land environment. Usage by ICR does not imply endorsement of copyright holder. Since ancient times, the moon’s prominence in the sky and regular phase cycle have made it a major influence on the development of calendars, agriculture, language, and art.14, The moon causes tides and wind to generate worldwide ocean currents that help to widely redistribute Earth’s water nutrients and toxins. If the Earth’s rotation were faster, then every day would be shorter. In other words,... An exoplanet 260 light-years away is being described as the first of its kind ever detected. If the moon suddenly vanished, the lack of attraction of the moon on Earth’s oceans would cause the bulge of water in the oceans to collapse, resulting in a gigantic global wave, flooding parts of the mainland. 1993. No other planet-moon system has this advantage, and it’s convenient that the planet with this advantage has intelligent life on it that can use this fact to study the sun’s corona. It is almost certain the moon played a vital role in the transition. Mike Oard and other climatologists believe the Genesis Flood provides a superior explanation for the Ice Age.13. Its many protective effects include causing the tides, providing the ideal level of light to light up the night, and, many scientists believe, stabilizing Earth’s tilt. In other words, the moon’s orbit is very close to the plane of the ecliptic, not the earth’s equatorial plane. Used in accordance with federal copyright (fair use doctrine) law. The presence of our moon not only leads to a relatively stable climate but also creates a phase rhythm that has guided humans for thousands of years. Two basic types of orbit exist: an equatorial orbit, which travels along the line of the planet’s equator, and an ecliptic plane orbit, which lies in the flat plane defined by the planet’s orbit of the sun. This water falls as both rain and snow required for plant and animal life. On average, the moon reflects only about 12% of the sun’s light, a slightly higher level than that reflected from worn asphalt.4 If the reflection were 100%, Earth’s night would at times be almost as bright as its day. Without the lunar tides, climate oscillations would be far more extreme. It’s hottest near the equator, where the sun’s rays strike at close to a 90º angle. 47 (10). But unlike Venus and Mars, our moon's gravitational influence also helped ensure that Earth's spin axis and climate remained stable over long timescales. Thomas. Used in accordance with federal copyright (fair use doctrine) law. The warm, Earth-like planets that are close to the sun and that fall within the habitable zone are nearly devoid of moons.24. The more it deviates from this angle, the lower the temperature. If a small variation of 2.5º can bring about ice ages, a 10º variation would cause much greater climate extremes. The collision created millions of … Most secular scientists hold to the Milankovitch (also called astronomical) ice age theory, which claims that the timing of ice ages is somehow controlled by Earth’s orbital motions, including the small variations in Earth’s axial tilt. * Dr. Bergman is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and was an adjunct associate professor at the University of Toledo Medical School in Ohio. Earth’s moon is the perfect shape, size, density, and distance from us to produce the stable environment that is important for life to thrive. Image credit: Copyright © 2007 NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Goddard Space Flight Center. How do hummingbirds reveal God’s design? Because of its proximity to Earth, the moon exerts a strong gravitational pull on the Earth. Less tilt than 23º would produce milder climates but prevent the wide distribution of rain that now exists on Earth.