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The Sun and moon could be affecting ocean tides stronger than previously thought

According to the latest study, the moon has a greater influence on the ocean tides than it was originally thought. The concept of spring tide generally depicts the “spring up and bounce back” activity of the ocean.

The biggest point of difference in between the high and low tide is the “tide” itself. It is known to take place at the time of full moon, however, it even takes place at the time of the new moon. The spring tide reportedly would take place at the time the moon isn’t new, which is due to the reason that the moon, the sun, and the Earth would be in a straight line.

At the time of occurrence of the lunar phases, the tide would reportedly be higher due to the gravity generation by the sun on oceans. The 2 quarter lunar phases appear after a week bringing in the sun and the moon to be at their right position. The influences that they have on the tides partly cancel out one another.

The highest and the lowest drop tides never take place on the full moon and new moon days. The reason behind it is that the oceans take some time for feeling the influence put by the moon. The surface gravity waves and the springs usually take place after the occurrence of every moon cycle.

At the time of the discussion of ocean tides, the moon is taken more into consideration, as the moon is much closer to the Earth in comparison with the sun. This implies that the influence of the moon is higher. The gravitational pull of the sun on our planet is near about one hundred seventy-eight times stronger as compared to the moon, and the tidal effect of the moon is near about two times stronger as compared to the sun.

The gravitational pull reportedly results in the bulging of water of the oceans, which develops high tides at the regions of our planet that fall on the moon’s opposite side or directly face the moon.  The previous new moon was observed on 15th May, from which it could be predicted that a spring tide could take place between 16th and 17th May.

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