Why does the moon's gravity affect the ocean tides?

I know scientists say it's the moon that makes ocean tides pull back and go in, but how can the gravity on the moon possibly do this? I don't understand!

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vintagebird
Idk how, but science is awesome
sapphirethehedgehog
true dat XD
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on July 15, 2015
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on July 17, 2013
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Sassy_Mime
The moon's gravitational pull raises water, causing rides to go in, as the water gets deeper. The tides go out then the pull releases itself and the tides go out.
on January 01, 2015
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RosenEliza
The moon, in additional to being a beautiful addition to the night sky, is also responsible for the changing ocean tides that we experience daily here on Earth. Basically, the moon has gravitational power, just like Earth does, and the moon's gravitational force exerts a powerful pull on the oceans on both sides of our planet. This causes the oceans to bulge away from the Earth. The ocean facing the moon bulges toward the moon, while the ocean on the other side of the Earth bulges See More▼
on February 18, 2014
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