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IPS fellow M. Cuk explains origin of the Moon's orbit
Oct 12, 2007
IPS post-doctoral researcher
and National Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Physics
has published a paper in the journal Science which solves the mystery of the Moon's unexplained
current orbital eccentricity is a results of resonances with the orbits of Jupiter and Venus.
Despite the tiny effect of gravity from these planets on the Moon, over the eons the cumulative
effects can explain the present lunar orbit.
See a story on the
Australian Boardcasting Corp site
Science article itself
(the latter may require an online subscription to the journal).