30 Space Myths We Should All Stop Believing

The Moon’s Gravity Causes Tides

4. The Moon’s Gravity Causes Tides

This isn’t entirely a myth but to blame the Moon solely every time there are reports of huge tidal waves in any country is also wrong. The side of the Earth that faces the Moon feels the effect of the Moon’s gravity the most and hence it is capable of pulling water on Earth, thus causing tides.

However, the pull of the Moon is not uniform and gravity becomes weak on the part that is not exposed to the Moon. The inertia of water causes due to Earth’s rotation is the actual reason for low and high tides.

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