What Does This Mean for Planet Earth?
Kelly Spies, Yahoo! Contributor Network
May 2, 2007
The Moon rotates on its own tilted axis once in almost the same amount of time it takes to travel around the planet Earth. The Earth rotates faster than the Moon moves in its orbit so that they are not equally aligned twice a day. This misalignment has caused Earth’s rotation to slow in minute measures and the Moon’s rotation to speed up.
The Moon is moving 1 ½ inches every year away from planet Earth. When it has moved another 14,600 miles we will no longer have the privilege to see a total eclipse. The Moon will be too far in space to completely eclipse the Sun. Eventually the distance between Earth and the Moon will be so great that the gravitational pull on Earth’s tides will be insignificant.
Scientists estimate, at the rate of speed the Moon is moving it will be another 500 million years before it is that far away from Earth. We don’t really know what things Earth will endure as a result in tidal changes in the future. What we do know is that is that the planets are changing, Earth is changing and humans will be around to see it happen.