Interactive Simulation of Tides

The applet shown here simulates the tidal effects of Sun and Moon. The Sun is not represented directly, but symbolized by its light rays. Since the Earth's rotation does not play a role in the existence of the tidal bulges, it can be switched on and off in the applet. The influence of Earth's rotation shows in the tidal cycles, since the earth rotates under the tidal bulges. (see semidiurnal tidal cycle).

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Source Code / Using the Simulation

The Tidal Simulation Applet is available at GitHub for download. It will run on any HTML 5 capable browser. The Source Code is written in Typescript. You can reuse the applet on your own web page but if you do please place a backling to this page. (

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