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Moon-Earth distances and interactions

  1. Aug 29, 2009 #1

    I'm trying to calculate the distance between earth and moon and how the other planets and sun interfere in this system.

    I would like to know how can I solve this. What equations should I use?

    Will this also make me able to know how far the moon is "going away" from us?

    Thank you
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2009
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  3. Aug 29, 2009 #2
    Probably not exactly what you're looking for, but this article explains briefly part of the reason why the moon is 'moving away' from us.

    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/55066637.html [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
  4. Aug 29, 2009 #3
    Hi again,

    I think I know how these interactions happen. I really don't know where to start doing the calculations...

    I'm ending my course in Physics, but it isn't pure physics since it has a minor in Computer Science, so I don't have many of the subjects that could be of help with this matter.

    I have to do a computer program that simulates the orbits and as time passes by the moon "getting away"...

    My problem for now is not the programming part, but the calculations I have to do and formulas I have to put there....

    Last edited: Aug 29, 2009
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