reply to post by CherubBaby
Did you actually read all of the article? Did you understand its real implications?
Or, is it so important to exaggerate from a scientific paper that within it indicates the very tiniest of difference in what is calculated to the Nth
degree by orbital mathematics and known laws of physics?
And, the "source" is from a Web Forum posting? With a particularly poor YouTube video....a video that shows absolutely nothing to support the
Essentially, this is an hypothesis by someone who makes an incredible leap after learning that there is the tiniest of anomalies (less than 6 inches)
in the predicted orbital distance-from-Earth limits of our Moon.......the leap to a postulate of the "mysterious 'Planet X' or *Nemesis*'.....
Here, is where the original author's assumptions and assertions fall apart. And, where the uninitiated seem to fall down in their understanding.
The "Planet X" or *Nemesis* or by-any-other-name large body that is being suggested, here, is described as an as yet undiscovered
object. Think about that, for a minute......outside the orbit of Pluto!!
Which is closer to the Earth? The Sun, or Jupiter? (Answer is: The Sun).
Which is more massive? The Sun, or Jupiter? (Answer is: The Sun)
Question....Does Jupiter significantly affect and alter the Moon's orbit about the Earth? If you say (correctly) "No"...then, how can
celestial body, even if the size of, or a bit larger than Jupiter, significantly affect the Moon's orbit if it is even farther
from the Moon than Jupiter is??
For reference: Distance of Earth/Moon system to Jupiter = 4.2
AU (varies due to size of orbits).
Distance of Earth/Moon system to Pluto = (average) 39.5 AU!
Sinking in, yet?
(The very tiny anomalous behavior measured in the Moon's orbit may be interesting, but this hypothesis is NOT even worth considering. Also, it is
most likely the case that these anomalies are the result of the ever more precise ability we have to measure, and therefore refine the data....not the
other way 'round......)
edit on Tue 15 November 2011 by ProudBird because: (no reason given)