Today is the new moon. The face of the moon is not visible because the sun is behind the moon and lighting up the other side. It is not an eclipse because the new moon and the sun are not lined up perfectly. It should be noted that tidal forces are stronger at the time of the new moon when the sun and moon are lined up like this so their gravitational pulls work in unison. The moon is also at perigee today, meaning it is in a part of its elliptical orbit that is closer to Earth.

The coincidence of the new moon and the perigee at the same time will result in king tides today around all around Earth. A lot of people foolishly blame the full moon on any number of erratic behaviors due to its gravitational effect. However, as I have shown above, the gravitational forces are stronger with the new moon and weaker when the moon is full.

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