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Lunar Recession: Implications for the Early Earth

8 Feb 2018, 18:00 UTC
Lunar Recession: Implications for the Early Earth NASA/Goddard/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

It was in 1775 that Pierre-Simon Laplace developed his theories of tidal dynamics, formulating in the following year a set of equations to explain the phenomenon at a greater level of detail than ever before. Looking at the Moon on a frosty winter night, it’s pleasing to realize that there is a mountainous region at the end of Montes Jura in Mare Imbrium that is called Promontorium Laplace. Surely the French astronomer and mathematician would have been pleased.

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