Could the Moon Crash Toward Earth?

astronomy

The question “Can the moon crash into the earth?” Has been discussed at length by all theorists alike.

moon close up
moon close up (click here for original source image)

There are those that say it can and there are those that say it cannot. There are even scientists involved in the study of astronomy that have theories on the matter as well.

There are many theories out there that explain the landing of the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon. One of those theories is that the moon is so big, it pushes on the planet causing the tides that brings the moon to our planet. Some scientists believe that the irregularities in the moon’s orbit around the planet causes it to slightly move. It would move far too close to our planet and it would cause a slight re-orbiting of the moon. This would cause the moon to eventually come closer and pull down the planet’s gravity. It would then be in a very close position to our planet and appear to crash into it.

Theories suggest that it could be caused by a huge amount of braking for the astronauts when they hit the thicker atmosphere of the planet. Since the moon exerts a massive gravitational force on the planet, it would cause the astronauts to slow down because of the impact. This would cause the force that was pulling on the planet to shift to the astronauts, causing them to slow down when they hit the thick atmosphere. This would change the direction of the planet’s orbit and cause the direction of the moon to change, which then would cause it to crash into the planet.

Another theory suggests that the gravitational interactions among the planets in the outer solar system might be responsible for creating this phenomenon. Since it takes light six times longer to travel to Earth than it does to other objects, the theory goes that if the moon pulls on the planet like a magnet then we can estimate how much energy is being lost. The energy would depend on the mass, and the size of the object, as well as its orientation with respect to the planet. In this case, the planet would be pulling on the moon, causing it to be tugged in an oblong fashion by two large elements pulling on it at the same time. This would explain why there is no atmosphere on the moon.

If this were to hold true, then there would not be much gravity pulling down on the planet. The centrifugal effect would prevent any large changes in velocity, so it would seem as though the moon had slowed significantly due to the gravitational force acting against it. Since the moon has a large elliptical orbit, any perturbations would affect its orientation and could cause it to crash into the planet. Since the gravitational force and the centrifugal effect are very large, it would take a very long time for the “spacecraft” to make such an impact.

However, the problem here is that there is no way for us to observe such an event. The problem is that only light can travel from the planet to the moon and back. To put it another way, there is only a direct force that is pulling the moon in a circle, and it’s going to be extremely difficult to determine the orientation of the moon based upon just the effects of the gravity. These effects become magnified by the large number of components and the small angles between them. The best we can model the gravitational interaction as a common center of mass, which would give rise to a normal distribution of angular momentum.

This means that there will always be some component of the gravitational force that will be pulling the moon in a different direction, and we can use this information to track the motions of other celestial objects. Using this information we can see if there is a connection between celestial bodies and the movements of comets, planets, and stars. This can help us understand better the relationship between celestial bodies and the general structure of the solar system. We can also test our understanding using this kind of information to refine models and create more precise predictions.

The evidence seems to point to a very strong possibility that the moon does move in a very complicated orbit around the earth-moon system. However, it is important to note that evidence like this tends to come from studies using data from satellites.

There is very little data available using other means. The only way to test my ideas thus far is to use satellite data to directly observe the moon and determine its position in relation to the common center of mass of the celestial objects.

Provided by Antonio Westley


Disclaimer: This article is meant to be seen as an overview of this subject and not a reflection of viewpoints or opinions as nothing is definitive. So, make sure to do your research and feel free to use this information at your own discretion.



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