Sunday, September 13, 2009

September 13, 1999

Another anniversary! According to an old TV show about SPACE: 1999, 10 years ago today the Moon was blown out of its orbit by an impossibly large nuclear accident. Funny, the Moon still looks ok in the bedroom window. The show featured a huge self-sufficient Moonbase with a population of hundreds, which would be nice to see built today.

As readers of this blog have heard, the Moon really is slowly drifting away. The difference between the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment measure and the Moon's actual recession rate shows that the speed of light is slowing down today. For those usual suspects try to find holes in the theory: I really recommend that you relax and watch some old Sci Fi shows; they are truly amusing!

NEXT: Another weekend on an aircraft carrier!

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Anonymous Bjoern said...

What about work showing that the recession speed of the moon depends on the arrangement of the continents on Earth? As far as I know, calculations have shown that e. g. during the time of Pangea (one single massive continent), the effect of tidal friction had been much smaller than today, which explain the slower recession speed of the moon in those days without invoking a changing speed of light.
For a detailed explanation, see e. g. here:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

the continents are a very little crust in the total mass of the earth, I don-t think they can have any significant impact in gravity

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