On Thu, 16 Sep 1999 19:19:30 EDT Sayke@aol.com writes:
> In a message dated 9/16/99 9:56:04 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >
> > How much less of a problem would we have with severe weather and
> seismic events if we just remove the moon?
> well, being as how tides would quite simply go away, the
> repercussions would be staggering.
Tides on earth are caused by both the sun and moon, though the moon's effect dominates. If the moon were removed, tides would not entirely stop.
> earths orbit would get really funky,
Because of the moon, the path of the earth in orbit is wobbly, like a rosette with 12 petals. If the moon were gone, the earth's orbit would be a much smoother ellipse.
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