Unformatted text preview: 2. You would want to travel during the first and third-quarter moons, during the Neap tides. This is when the sun and the moon pull at right angles to each other. This means that the rise and fall of the tides is at a minimum. During spring tides, which occur during a new and a full moon, there is a much more extreme rise and fall of tides. That is to say that high tide is very high and low tide is very low. Gravity is the reason for tides. Gravity increases the closer an object is. The sun is 400 times further away from the Earth than the moon, and even though the sun is much larger than the moon, it has less of an effect on the tides than the moon. This is because of the relatively close proximity of the moon....
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- Spring '08
- Neap Tides, Tide, Babylonian astronomy, relatively close proximity