Moon Breaking Apart--Not
A couple of interesting items from this week's news:
SPACE.com reported Monday on unpublished research indicating that the Moon will someday break up. This is based on the old idea that the Sun's temperature is slowly rising. According to the "Faint Young Sun" idea, when Earth was formed the Sun was barely 70% as luminous and Earth's temperature was below freezing. This supposition is contradicted by the geological record. Standard models predict that the Sun's luminosity will continue to rise until Earth's oceans boil and the Moon breaks up.
As we know, c has been changing according to GM=tc^3. The Sun turns fuel to energy according to E=mc^2. On the graph, the standard model has solar luminosity L/Lo as an increasing curve. When c change is factored in, the curve becomes a nearly level line. This is very powerful evidence in favour of c change. If the speed of light had not changed in precisely the amounts predicted, life would not have evolved to read this post. Earth and the Moon will be around for quite a while.
It is possible to believe that some unknown process has custom-heated Earth's temperature for our comfort. It is also possible to believe that we live between periods of inflation and cosmic acceleration, just as Earth is the centre of the Universe. All these explanations rely on inferred energies that can't be observed. They also share the quality of being fine-tuned for our present time, Even dark energy advocates call this the Nancy Kerrigan paradox: "Why me, why now?"
The new issue of Scientific American has "dark energy" on the cover, assuring that the idea will be promoted for a while longer. The same publication did not mention Special Relativity at all until 1911, 6 years after Einstein's papers were published. Before that, they featured many articles about ether. Fortunately, Earth has many billions of years to get it right.