I leave work tonight and I look up to see a clear night sky with a beautiful full faced moon. OK it wasn’t a full moon, but my post today hinges on a full moon, so you’ll just have to deal with it. I mean if you want specifics, it was probably a half to three fifths of a full moon. Geez, who phoned the moon police…
The Moon is a wonderful thing, even three fifths of it. But regardless of how much of it we see, it still affects our planet in so many ways. Not least in our oceans and seas. Get yourself to Weston-Super-Mare beach* for certain times of the year and you’d think someone had nicked the water. The tide changes there are huge and this is all due to the Moons gravitational force. The reason a full moon is important is because the alignment between the Moon and the Sun produces a gravitational tag team that power slams the Earth*. This is what produces spring tides. Look at all this knowledge, anymore of this and I’m going to have to rebrand as a science blog – or just redirect everyone to Wikipedia, so I literally don’t have to do anything.
For those of you that have followed the blog for a while will know I’m moving to Ireland in the summer. But just to fill you in quickly if you missed it; my girlfriend is Irish and we’re moving there to be closer to her parents. This creates a bit of internal conflict for me because I love where I currently live (Vienna), but I am also excited to move to a new place with someone I love.
Now, I’ve done very little research but I’m fairly sure my toing and froing is to due to the Moon. My excitement for leaving seems to rise and fall periodically just like the tide. Some days I’m ankle deep in promise and anticipation other days I’m doing highly dangerous front flips off sand dunes.
Today though, was a wet day. I was splashing about with my rubber ring, imagining all the possibilities that come with a new start. Even when the tide inevitably goes out I feel like I can just use that momentum to slingshot me closer to Ireland.
*Do not do that.
*That is not a direct quote from Wikipedia but it is in the ball park.
P.S I’ve been rather inactive on WordPress lately (not reading other blogs, replying to comments etc), mixture of being busy and slight loss of enthusiasm. But I will be back on it in the next few days I am sure – looking forward to seeing my blog reading backlog!