posted on Mar, 12 2011 @ 08:15 PM
reply to post by byteshertz
An expert has.
They have discovered a change in how elliptical the moon's orbit around the earth is. They have looked at these potential explanations:
- Rindler acceleration
This is a slight acceleration inward, but it fails to produce any change in eccentricity
- Pioneer acceleration
Same as Rindler, but the predicted change in eccentricity is much larger than observed
- Yukawa modification
A Newtonian variant that produces no change in eccentricity
- Lense-Thirring/General Relativity effects
Fail to produce any change in eccentricity
- GR effects of an oblate spheroid (that is, a flattened sphere...like the earth)
Can only partially account for the observed eccentricity
- Kuiper Belt effects
The objects of the Kuiper Belt temporarily effect the moon's eccentricity, but fail to keep doing so long-term, as the orbit of the moon stabilizes
- A massive distanct object
Before the Nibiru enthusiasts claim this is the cause, it is not. First, it fails from the same fatal flaws as the Kuiper Belt effect. Second, it
fails in so many other ways.
All of these explanations fail to account for the increase in eccentricity.
Thus, why the moon's orbit is getting more elliptical with each orbit is unknown.
edit on 12-3-2011 by CLPrime because: (no reason