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Re^3: What would be the most significant thing to happen if a rope (or wire) tied the Earth and the Moon together?

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on Nov 01, 2015 at 20:56 UTC ( #1146635=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: What would be the most significant thing to happen if a rope (or wire) tied the Earth and the Moon together?
in thread What would be the most significant thing to happen if a rope (or wire) tied the Earth and the Moon together?

The problem is not holding up the moon but stopping it...

"Tension" is holding it back; not holding it up.

Actually you'd have to speed the moon up (or slow the Earth down) since the former rotates every 27 days but the latter rotates once a day.

And if you sped the moon up to match the Earth's rotational speed, then the tension on the cable would be hugely increased necessitating a further increase in its diameter.


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