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Originally posted by kidflash2008
reply to post by franspeakfree
The moon does draw hits away from the Earth by meteors. Without the moon, the Earth would be the target. There are also many biological reasons for the moon as stated above. We do need Luna.
Originally posted by SantaClaus
I was just wondering today what would happen if the moon was destroyed. I thought, that if a large planet-killing rock came by, and our gravity pulled it in, it still might pass us. But what if it hit the moon and sent it flying out into space. Would it completely tear us from our orbit?
I would think that is a problem that has been discussed before.
If viewed from above the Sun's north pole, all of the planets are orbiting in a counter-clockwise direction; but while most planets also rotate counter-clockwise, Venus rotates clockwise in "retrograde" rotation. The question of how Venus came to have a slow, retrograde rotation was a major puzzle for scientists when the planet's rotation period was first measured.