This is new - for most of human history, the moon has dictated the pace of our lives - the calendar month is based on the moon cycle, planting and harvest were timed by the phases of the moon, and menstruation was even called 'moonblood'.
Modern life, though, leaves little room for our poor moon. Sure, we may appreciate it briefly when it's low and dramatic during a harvest moon, or we may wish for it when camping in the darkness of the new moon.
But compared to the fantastical offerings of deep space, our moon looks kind of boring by comparison. But really, it's a fascinating piece of rock, from its formation to its effect on Earth - without it, we couldn't live here.
A long time ago, when the Earth was a very young planet and the solar system was a volatile place, there was a planet the size of Mars. It had no particular path in life, and found itself crossing Earth's orbit - the two planets collided in what was surely the most dramatic entrance in the history of our planet, sending loads of debris flying into space.
As time went by, Earth continued on her orbit around the sun and the debris continued to orbit the Earth. Eventually, the debris clumped together and coalesced into the rocky satellite we now know as the moon.
The weird part? The stuff that made up the moon came from the debris sprayed off the Earth - the Earth completely absorbed the Mars-sized planet. Yes, the moon is made of Earth.
We Got Seasons
The impact between the Mars-sized planet and the Earth was tremendous enough to knock the Earth crooked. That's why there's a difference between magnetic north and true north - our planet is tilted about 24 degrees off the vertical.
That tilt is what makes part of the globe hotter and part of the globe colder depending upon the point in the rotation around the sun - in other words, seasons. Had that impact never happened, our climate wouldn't vary throughout the year.
This may seem fine on a nice spring day, but imagine how it would have limited the rise of Homo sapiens - limited seasons means limited food supply - imagine how much more difficult it would have been for our ancestors to establish a foothold.
Sadly, the moon doesn't really have seasons. It is nearly vertical on its axis, providing the area around its north pole with eternal light. This doesn't mean it's beach weather though - winter temperatures in parts of the moon's north pole are the lowest ever recorded by a spacecraft - 27K, or colder than the surface of Pluto.
As the moon orbits us, that slight rise - picture a big bubble of water in the ocean - follows it along. When the moon rises over the shore of a land mass, the bubble follows it and you get high tide. The shore on the other end of body of water, the one from which the moon is receding, has low tide at the same time because the bubble has been pulled away.
So yeah, water follows the moon. This only works on very large water systems though, so don't stare at your water glass all night trying to catch it moving.
The moon has a core, mantle and crust just like the Earth, and topography includes mountains, craters and basins. We've even found water ice there. It looks almost like it's lit from within, but it's actually only about as reflective as coal - the lunar soil has a very particular quality that makes it reflect high levels of light directly back at the sun.
The moon is gorgeous and quite miraculous when you think about it - sit and stare at it tonight, and think about how if it weren't for a catastrophic collision, we might not be here.