In class today, we calculated that the amount of gravity between the sun and the earth is 180. This is far greater than the amount of gravity beteen the earth and the moon. So why does the moon affect the tides rather than the sun. My take: the sun is much farther and has a broader pull on earth, while the moon is closer and pulls in a smaller area. idk if thats right to say or not, but the biggest difference beside force of gravity here, is distance. If this is right, are they any more reasons for the moon having such a huge role in tides?