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Re^4: What would be the most significant thing to happen if a rope (or wire) tied the Earth and the Moon together?

by hippo (Chancellor)
on Nov 17, 2015 at 13:46 UTC ( #1147920=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: 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?

Depends where it is anchored. If at equator, geostationary orbit is at 35,786km so zeroth-order approximation is twice that. If at a pole, it will always fall back to earth for lengths less than current lunar orbit (because there will be zero angular momentum).

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