09-06-08, 06:51 AM #1
Why Is The Moon Not Spinning Then?
The Standard Model reason of why the Moon is moving away from us is supposedly due to the Earth's rotation inducing the Moon with angular momentum. But if this were the case, surely you would expect the Moon to be rotating slightly, due to it's irregular orbit, if nothing else.
09-06-08, 06:56 AM #2
It is spinning. It rotates once a month, more or less, as it moves around the Earth.
09-06-08, 06:56 AM #3
It does rotate slightly from our viewpoint.
It just goes back and forth.
09-06-08, 07:03 AM #4
I still don't think that the relative amount of rotation of the Earth compared to that of the Moon is enough to induce the amount of angular momentum needed to increase it's orbit by 3cm a year.
I propose that it is simply the size of the gravitational field being produced from the center of the Earth which is reducing due to the effect of CONSERVATION OF ENERGY.
09-06-08, 07:07 AM #5
A full explanation can be found in PSEUDOSCIENCE under 'Gravity Problem Solved'.
09-06-08, 07:32 AM #6
09-06-08, 12:08 PM #7
The Earth slows its rotation due to interaction with the Moon by some 1.5 milliseconds per century. It is this angular momentum lost by the Earth that is given to to the Moon.
The total kinetic energy of a rotating sphere can be found by
Where w is the angular velocity in radian/sec.
M is its mass
r is its radius
Plugging in the values for the Earth for both its present rate of rotation and the amount it would have slowed in one year, and taking the difference, we get a value of:
This is the amount of energy the Earth has to transfer to the Moon.
The total energy of the orbiting Moon is found by
Where G is the gravitational constant
Me and Mm are the masses of the Earth and the Moon
a is the average orbital radius for the Moon.
Plugging in the correct values for the Moon's present orbit and one 3.8 cm further out and taking the difference we get a value of:
Which is the amount of energy it would take to raise the Moon's orbit by 3.8 cm and is less than the amount of energy the Earth has to transfer in one year.
The difference is due to the fact that some of the energy given up by the Earth is lost due to tidal heating.
So yes, the Earth does give up enough rotational energy to the Moon in order to increase its orbit by 3.8 cm per year.
Last edited by Janus58; 09-06-08 at 12:13 PM.
09-06-08, 12:28 PM #8
09-06-08, 05:46 PM #9
Janus abouth your last post:
the angular velocity of earth is: 0,0000727 rad/s
the earths mass is 5,97E27 gram
and has a radius of 6378100 meters
(0,0000727²*5,97E27*6378100)/5= 2,57E32 not 4,34 E18 joules
are you sure abouth that formula?
09-06-08, 07:04 PM #10
Second, the 4.34e18 joules is the KE the Earthloses by slowing its rotation by 15 microseconds in the course of one year. IOW, the KE difference between now and one year later when it will take 15 microseconds longer to complete a rotation.
09-06-08, 08:39 PM #11
09-06-08, 10:33 PM #12
Isaac Asimov once worked out that the Moon and Earth would part from each other until they rotated around each other with a period of about 50 days--i.e. about seven revolutions per year. Of course, at the same time--because the same process of the loss of angular momentum is occurring between the Sun and the planets, the Earth is withdrawing slowly fromthe Sun, and its orbit is getting longer as well.
09-07-08, 01:46 PM #13
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:L...e_Oct_2007.gif due to the motion of the Moon during it's orbit?
The reason the same side of the Moon always faces the Earth is due to tidal breaking, something completely explained by Newtonian gravity.
09-08-08, 08:13 AM #14
Thanks for the link, I've never seen the lunar libration in video. It looked like just the kind of motion you would expect from my theory, being due to it's irregular orbit of an uber-condensed Earth's inner core. The explanation I give of a reduced gravitational field is an elegant and simple one. What is the transfer mechanism of your angular momentum? If it is by a particle, which I propose will be proven from the 10th Sept, then it would have to have a large mass, would it not?
Do gravitons have mass?
09-08-08, 08:28 AM #15
I thought you knew about mainstream models already?
09-08-08, 09:45 AM #16
I'm not claiming to be an expert. Perhaps you can summarise the models for me?
09-08-08, 09:47 AM #17
The natural decline of the Earth's gravitational field strength is a simple and elegant solution. It shouldn't be dismissed out of hand quite so easily.
09-09-08, 01:08 AM #18
If the moon rotates, we should see well over 90% of its surface.
09-09-08, 01:24 AM #19If the moon rotates, we should see well over 90% of its surface.
Get yourself 2 coins, a large one and a small one. The large one is the Earth, the small one is the Moon. Rest them flat on a table top.
Now, with the Earth held still, move the Moon around the Earth in a circle to simulate the Moon's orbit around the Earth, with the "Heads" side of the coin facing upwards so you can see it.
When the Moon is above the Earth, would a person looking from the Earth's surface towards the Moon see the top or bottom of the "head" on the Moon? What happens when the Moon has moved to the other side of the Earth?
Now, in fact you know that we always see the same side of the real Moon. Using the coins, how can you make sure that the "head" on the Moon coin always faces the same way, as seen from the Earth?
And now the big question: do you think the Moon rotates now, or not?
09-09-08, 01:36 AM #20
If you are sitting right on the nose of the man in the moon and looking at earth, you would see the earth rotating, but it would never be out of your sight.
I would conclude the mmon does not rotate.
Likewise, imagine you have a ball tied to a rope at the end of a string.
The ball may appear to be rotating if the observer is orbiting you at the same speed and believes that you are orbiting around the ball - but the fact remains that the ball is orbiting around you.
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