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#29 - BlahDude (02/01/2013) [-]
MFW the moon is drifting away from the earth

...I like the moon. It's nice to see it in the sky :(
User avatar #37 to #29 - recover (02/01/2013) [-]
I wonder what will happen when it gets far enough away to stop influencing the oceans tides....
#57 to #37 - jorisnl (02/01/2013) [-]
Thought I heard somewhere that before the moon's drifting is capable of influencing the earth, the earth itself would already have been either swallowed by the death of our sun or burned to a crisp.
User avatar #34 to #29 - deltoraquest (02/01/2013) [-]
wouldnt the moon be pulled towards us rather than away? I mean the gravity is stronger so we are either flinging it away with its orbit or its just spiraling towards us...
User avatar #45 to #34 - MyNameIsARickRoll (02/01/2013) [-]
''Now, all mass exerts a gravitational force, and the tidal bulges on the Earth exert a gravitational pull on the Moon. Because the Earth rotates faster (once every 24 hours) than the Moon orbits (once every 27.3 days) the bulge tries to "speed up" the Moon, and pull it ahead in its orbit. The Moon is also pulling back on the tidal bulge of the Earth, slowing the Earth's rotation. Tidal friction, caused by the movement of the tidal bulge around the Earth, takes energy out of the Earth and puts it into the Moon's orbit, making the Moon's orbit bigger (but, a bit pardoxically, the Moon actually moves slower!).''
Source: http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=124
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