Where the Moon was born?

Rubčić, Antun and Rubčić, Jasna (2009) Where the Moon was born?. Fizika A, 18 (4). pp. 185-192. ISSN 1330-0008

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Our hypothesis is based on the distribution of approximately circular orbits for terrestrial planets, given by the square law r_n=r_1 n^2, where n's are successive integers starting with n=3 for Mercury, reaching n=6 for Mars and n=8 for Ceres, and r_1 is a constant. Quadratic distribution of orbits is a direct consequence of quantized specific angular momentum. An analysis of the planetary masses, volumes and orbital periods of terrestrial planets, as independent observable parameters, makes possible the statement that the orbit with n=7, between Mars and Ceres was the primordial orbit of the Moon. This statement favours a capture theory of the Moon by the Earth. But why the Moon abandoned its orbit and was captured by the Earth remains a problem for further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: terrestrial planets, quadratic distribution of orbits, planetary masses, volumes and orbital periods, primordial orbit of the Moon, capture theory
Date: 2009
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Publisher: Hrvatsko fizikalno društvo
Depositing User: Gordana Stubičan Ladešić
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 18:04
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2014 18:04
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/866

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