The Moon is Leaving Earth

Is the moon moving farther away from Earth? And if so what effects will this have on the Earth and why is this happening?

Is the moon moving farther away from Earth? And if so what effects will this have on the Earth and why is this happening?

So is the moon moving away from the Earth? Yes indeed it is, the moon’s orbit is moving approximately 1.5 inches or 3.8 centimeters away from the earth per year.

Why is this happening? The reason why the moon is moving away is because of Earth’s tides. This tidal effect causes the moon to spiral outward which also decreases the moons rotation. It decreased the rotation so much that now the moon only shows one face of its surface to Earth.

What are the effects of this?

The effects of the moon getting farther away from Earth could mean many things. One of them is lower high tides and higher low tides. And most things in the ocean would die. Since without these tides there would no ocean currents and without currents the food chain would be disrupted so unless the organisms in the ocean could find something else to eat they would all die.

Is there any way to stop this?

There’s really no answer to this question yet. As of right now I don’t think humans have the technology to keep the moon in its current orbit and stop it from spiraling away from the Earth. But who knows maybe it a couple of decades from now we will and we will be able to save the moon and Earth. But we won’t have to worry about this for a while.

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  1. Concerned Says...

    On February 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    We have to stop this!


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