Tides on the Moon

1 June 2014
Astronomy

At http://joannenova.com.au/2014/05/earth-creates-tides-in-the-rock-of-the-… … we are all used to the Moon creating tides in the seas and oceans on Earth, but in the opposite direction, it has been found that the Earth creates a tide, of sorts, in the rock that makes up the Moon. The gravitational pull of the Earth creates a slightly egg shaped Moon – but only slightly, we might add as the tidal bulge is just 15 inches high. Never the less, it is there and has been measured by scientists, and what is more the bulge is able to move. It slowly rolls around on the Moon as a result of the orbit and pull of the Earth.

Climate modellers do not take lunar influences into account, dismissing them as inconsequential. There is of course, one meteorologist at least that does take into account lunar cycles (Piers Corbyn) and Ian Wilson, according to Joanne, is also on record for suggesting lunar cycles create atmospheric standing waves and these give rise to ENSO patterns (El Nino and La Nina for example) seeding such events.

Scientists studied two NASA missions to check out the bulge on the Moon – see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140529142540.htm

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