Yes, the sun accounts for about 44% of the energy that creates the tides, while the moon is responsible for 56%. Though the sun is much larger and has 179 times the gravitational power of the moon, the fact that the moon is much closer makes it the predominant force. The time that the sun’s effect is most noticable is during “spring” tides, which happen about twice a month. This is when the sun and moon are in alignment, making the moon either full or new, and the difference between tides is the most dramatic.
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