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2002-Mar-29, 02:44 PM
....4.++-----+------+-------+------+--*****
......+.gnuplot>....+.......+....******###+
..3.5.++.set.term.dumb........****...##..++
......|..set.size..6,.8.....***...###.....|
....3.++.set.nokey.......***....###......++
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..2.5.++.............***...###...........++
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....2.++..........**...###...............++

2002-Mar-29, 02:48 PM
<a name="20020329.8:37"> page 20020329.8:37 aka Lunar Math Model B
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..1.5.++.......**..###...................++
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....1.++...***###........................++
......|...**###...........................|
..0.5.++.**#.............................++
......+**#...plot.[0:1].sin(x*1.5)*4,.x*4
....0.**-----+------+-------+------+-----++
......0.....0.2....0.4.....0.6....0.8.....1
this model assumes 4 Billion cm in 1 billion
YEARS at 4 cm/y. I on the other hand choose another modle.

2002-Mar-30, 05:34 AM
1: May as well begin this Constant velocity version
2: Even though i'll not do very well HERE
3: the moon orbits Earth at about 4billion cm R
4: SO their4 its Circumferance must equal about 8PI
5: OR. around 25e9 CM? in 29d*24h*60m*60s=25e5
6: 25e9cm/25e5s 1e4cm/s 10,000 Centimeters/sec
7: and thats my "CURRENT" constant velocity figure 1e4
8: the current Math Model [/~] is the insertion model

2002-Mar-30, 05:36 AM
1: accordin to this 1e4 constant velocity model
2: it only took 4e9/1e4=4e5 Seconds to reach
3: "INSERTION" IN OTHER WORDS..400,000/60/60/24
4: about 4.5 days. This means that FOUR & 1/2
5: "DAYS" after detachment From Earth the meterials
6: that formed the Moon were at the altitude WHERE
7: LUNAR orbital insertion took place and the Moon
8: has been aproximatly there ever since. < 2.4e8y

2002-Mar-30, 05:38 AM
1: this chosen form [/~ the insertion ] aka
2: ( Constant Velocity ) Model of Moon Motion
3: depends upon TWO very Large portions of
4: astrolopolis traveling together tward Earth
5: AND the SUN. the First Smaller piece OF 2
6: collides with A fractured Earth & Launces
7: debries4M. The Second Larger ASTroTrailer4.5
8: days later passes near & "inserts" D'bin2orb

2002-Mar-31, 03:27 AM
On 2002-03-30 00:38, HUb' wrote: TO: HUb' 2-3-30 9:18 P.M.
excellent NOT even D`baitable. i rest my C_ace

2002-Mar-31, 10:24 AM
This B.War that has become so dull i've
started reading the "GENERAL" brings in this
1100 mph.......|HUb'4:03 A.M. 1100m to m ?
Kaptain K.......| i'd best consult a calc?
Bad PhD.........| just a minuite OK it said
From: Elgin, Tx | 1 in = 2.54 cmSO
1100m5280=5808000.ftx12=696960000inx2.54=
1.7e8cm/hr? 60x60 47222 cm/s vs my old # of
1e4 or 4.7 times faster? {no explaination}
in other words it took one day {24hr} to reach insertion using Texan numbers.. {oh My}

Kaptain K
2002-Mar-31, 10:44 AM
I'm sorry HUb'. My previous math was in error (by a factor of 2). The speed should be close to 2250 mph (3625 kph).

2002-Apr-01, 02:18 PM
On 2002-03-31 05:44, Kaptain K wrote: To: Hot D`bait
I'm sorry HUb'. My previous math was in error (by a factor of 2). The speed should be close to 2250 mph (3625 kph).

ahha a new # & from Taxus1 whoo EnRight'Rs
Ok Just how high's the moon
http://almagest.as.utexas.edu/~rlr/mlrs.html
and how fas was "SHE" going as she past
the Pole_Ice.. now i've my doubts about
those 2 also { oh my } [oh well gotta go]

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2002-Apr-02, 09:52 AM
On 2002-04-01 09:18, HUb' wrote: To: yeah, yeah
now i get 10.78e5 {oh my}

2002-Apr-04, 01:05 PM
<a name="20020404.6:56"> page 20020404.6:56 aka Cm/S
1) Linear speed of the Moon: v = Cme/T = 8.993 x 107 m/day
V = 6.645 x 108 m/day
V = 6.645 x 108 m/day = 7,690 m/s
HYPOTHESIS II
http://members.aol.com/gredm98192/tides/hypoth02.htm
or V = 6997 meters per second
well I get all sorts of numbers from various
places and non make much sence to me just now. Cm/S

2002-Apr-06, 12:00 PM
troubled times? 5:49 A.M.ok in a hour its Math Time so i'll begin NOW Before Daylight
begin in the index with ellipse, A15 {um its in an Appendix}
5: Graph x^2/a^2+y^2/b^2=1,a>b Graph x^2/b^2+y^2/a^2,a>b
4: _line 28 can be written x^2/a^2+y^2/b^2=1,(b^2=a^2-c^2)
3: Defign a positive number b by b^2=a^2-c^2
2: finally x^2/a^2+y^2/(a^2-c^2)=1 : answers on top NOT below
1: NOW Square again to obtain .. ^ : READ line 1 1st Then Li2
-- a^2(x^2+2c*x+c^2+y^2) = a^4+2*a^2*c*x+c^2*x^2
Listen this read bottom to top has me
"stimied". i did try to convert this to a
gnuplot script..without sucess..
any help appriciated see next few posts

2002-Apr-06, 12:02 PM
5:52 A.M. 1: Send bugs and comments to bug-
2: gnuplot> set term vgalib
3: Terminal type set to 'vgalib'
4: gnuplot> plot x^2/a^2+y^2/b^2
5: undefined variable: a
6: gnuplot> a=1
7: gnuplot> b=2
8: gnuplot> plot x^2/a^2+y^2/b^2
9: non-integer passed to boolean operator
5:53 A.M. so i did not get a PROPER plot? any HELP appriciated. Eclipse?

2002-Apr-06, 12:08 PM
5:55 A.M. 1: 5:52 A.M. so I struggled with that equation
2: x**2/2+y**2/1=1 to attempt a PLOT of it using
3: "gnuplot" but it aluded me for an April Math
4: HOUR.. I have all three problems
5: as far as i can tell
6: Lexicon? ^ or ** kinds of Questions
7: syntax F(x,y)= some type an idea
8: and conceptual thatFoul(x,y)=
9: well never mind its currently unexplainable {maybe Later}
So? Listen: I've lost it trying to write a
gnuplot script to plot a graph of an "ELIPSE"
from the F(x,y)= form.. I could proably get
one using SiN & COS but would prefer to stick with x,y
anyway its been years since i've gnu`D so be
paitient on this 1. THE END of L.C. 4today

2002-Apr-07, 12:59 PM
Send bugs and comments to gnuplot> set term dumb<pre>
gnuplot> set term vgalib Terminal type set to 'dumb'
Terminal type set to 'vgalib' gnuplot> f(x)= (x**2)/-6
gnuplot> f(x)=(-6*x)**.5 0 ++-+--+-+-*********-+-+--+-++
plot f(x) -4 ++ + +****+ + +****+ + ++
this approach yealded the -6 ++ *** : f(x)*****++
proper orentation, but -10 ++ *** : *** ++
less than half of the curve -12 +*** : ***+
and their4 was abandon for -16 ** + + + + + + + + + **
the plot over there -18 *+-+--+-+--+--+--+--+-+--+-+*
on the RIGHT ====> -10 -8 -6-4 -2 0 2 4 6 8 10
....:....|....:....|....:....|....:....|....:....| ....:</pre>
1:5:05 A.M. April 7, 2002 Math hour? (y-k)^2=4p(x-h) ?
2:So? theres no connections at this time today so i'll
3:do the book[calculus.HYDE] THING? Ch 10 "CONICS"
4:#9 Find the vertex, focus,and directrix of the
5:PARABOLA y^2=-6x ? (y-0)^2=4(-3//2)(x-0) THUS
6:K=0,H=0,P=-3/2 ..| VERTEX,(h,k):(0,0)7:FOCUS (h+p,k): (-3/2,0) & directrix (x=h-p): x=3/2

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2002-Apr-09, 11:52 AM
....:....|....:....|....:....|....:....|....:....| ....:</pre>
1: ok 5:34 A.M. Math hour and the problem WAS
ftp://ftp.dartmouth.edu/pub/gnuplot
4: THAT: i could not plot even a parabola
5: without Rotating the AXIS .. so thats
6: WHERE i B? Rotate an axis
7: 5:38 A.M. ch 10 CONICS
8: 10.4 "_Rotation and the General Second Degree Equation_"
9:Rotate to eliminate xy term 9*X**2+24*X*Y+16*Y**2+90*X-130*Y=0 [SKETCH]

2002-Apr-15, 09:51 AM
Calculus Chapter 10 Section 10.4 Rotation
#9.page 343 Rotate the axes to eliminate the xy term
in the equation 5*x^2-2*x*y+5*y^2-12=0. Sketch the graph,
of the resulting equation [ (x'^2)/3+(y'^2)/2=1 ]showing
both sets of axes.//TilT\ in as much as the gnuplot
solution in terms of X & Y aludes me at this time.
i'll attempt a general solution using sin & cos ?/?
<pre>
2 ++-+-+--+-+--+-+--+++ set para
1.5 ++ + + + + + + +++ set term dumb
1 ++ : ****++ set size .4,.47
0.5 ++ ********* ++ set xrange [-2:2]
0 ++...**.......**...++ set yrange [-2:2]
-0.5 ++ ********* ++ plot cos(t), .5*sin(t)
-1 ++ : ++ ---------------------
-1.5 ++ + + + + + + +++ | this was "MY" final
-2 ++-+-+--+-+--+-+--+++ |Solution for ellipse
1:
2:
3:
4:
5:
6:
7:
8:
9:</pre>

johnwitts
2002-Apr-15, 07:49 PM
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DaveC
2002-Apr-15, 08:06 PM
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Well, it obviously makes sense to HUb'. He's carried on a whole conversation.

AstroMike
2002-Apr-15, 08:11 PM
I have never been able to fully comprehend HUb's posts. How anyone else?

Silas
2002-Apr-15, 11:42 PM
I've always wondered (from Roger Rabbit) "Does anyone understand what this duck is saying?"

I guess it's better than a Vorlon chorus of windchimes...

(The B.A. has frowned upon people making fun of Hub', but, sheesh, c'mon, it isn't as if we're disparaging him; we simply don't comprehend him!)

Silas

Mr. X
2002-Apr-16, 01:12 AM
Most people here frown upon people who make fun of Hub', me included.

I've managed to get to know Hub' through here, e-mail, and he's much more than just pound signs on some BB.

I've helped him to be around on this new BB, and I'm happy to have done it in spite of what some people might think.

You might as well speak to him if you want to understand him.

2002-Apr-16, 08:51 PM
<a name="20020416.2:38"> page 20020416.2:38 aka Tanks again?
On 2002-04-15 21:12, Mr. X wrote:
Most people here { & elseWhere I may add }
2:39 P.M. for my part i'll say:::
I've managed to get to know Hub' through here, e-mail, and he's much more than just pound signs on some BB.
2:40 P.M. there are reason i sugest you not get
I've helped him to be around on this new BB, and I'm happy to have done it in spite of what some people might think.
2:40 P.M. as close as 8000 knotical yards
You might as well speak to him if you want to understand him.
2:41 P.M. from 100 Megaton {um 100,000 Kt} really its to close if you can comprehend it?

2002-Apr-17, 11:36 AM
YEAH; Yeah, yeah. it can be darn confusing
EVEN for me: to begin with?
Ill-LOGICAL Negativism : Logical Positivism
can at best only be understood
and that by me the I`ll Lo
I meant I'll Li
I guess my main point would be
dont get to close to an event
on the obliteration range [ that around 10^30 ergs ]
as i recall..but i'll recheck it just a second <pre>
??Myr ?+25 _puff e 42 #O___blartor !wowe (21)
oh nope O.blitz are 10^42nd its Tp.actors that are 10^30 ergs my error</pre>

2002-Apr-18, 02:54 PM
April 18, 2002 in conclusion
I will once again mention ROTATION OF THE AXIS
and leave the conclusion at that.
Many year ago I was introduced to an
"_AMPLODYNE_" its a DC Moter Generator
containing a shorted armature..
the result of all the device was to create
a very large change in output current
with a very small input current.. {ENOUGH}
So anyway what i say now, this is not about
points and lines and "Astronomy" at all.
its about Fields & Rotating the Axis
{and yes I think it matters how fast}
In this case its the magnetic field
and the shorted armature sets up a secondary
BIG FIELD .. and the second set of brushes [yes there are 2] but never mind out of lines.

2002-May-20, 03:03 PM
May 20, 2002 6:58 A.M. PST (dreged up from page 5) to add
Type of Month Length in Days Length in Days
Nodic 27.21220 days 27.212221 days
Tropical not given 27.321582 days
Sidereal 27.32166 days 27.321662 days
Anomalistic 27.66466 days 27.554550 days
Synodic 29.530588 days 29.530589 days
:::::::::::::::|
27.321662 days for 1994-1998 (3600s/hr*24hr/d*27.321662=n1.5968)
The Sidereal Month is the length of time for the Moon
to revolve around the Earth with respect to the fixed stars.
27.212221 days in 1994-2000
The Draconic Month (what you keep calling the "Nodic" Month)
is the length of time for the Moon to cross the ecliptic twice.
With that in mind, what are you trying to show?
hUB' WOULD LIKE TO KNOW: first `poise that Earth has resonance
{rings like a bell} say 7.5 Hz? When are the R years? 7.5Hz*x=n.0:::::::::::::::|
HUb' SA' ?7:00 A.M. PST "its the DAte interval's to watch4 7:00 A.M.PST
_botttum line believe what U like's 7:01 A.M.

2002-May-22, 03:02 PM
<a name="20020522.6:57"> page 20020522.6:57 aka ||(){}
On 2002-05-20 11:03, HUb' wrote: To: page 2
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!|[({-=~=-})]|! Spice & Beyound

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2002-May-26, 10:46 AM
<a name="20020526.2:39"> page 20020526.2:39 aka Dec Densiy
On 2002-05-22 11:02, HUb' wrote: To: 2:39 A.M.
this posts main objective WAS to decrease
the Density of my post here on page 1.
yes spead them out to a Defensive poise
Site for the SPICEs
in spite of my searching about.
those "kernals" MUST be somewhere

2002-Oct-15, 12:06 PM
On 2002-04-18 10:54, HUb' wrote: to?
April 18, 2002 then October 15, 2002 10-4=6= 1/2 year
according to my view of the solar system\$
alignment .. THE MOON is near its first
quarter position so if i drew
(Earth) & {Moon} at first 1/4
rotation CCW from above {North looking South}
the (SUN) would form the triad below?
--------
Well so much for my Lunar math for today
six months later
================
the point i was trying to raise was
"LULL@1st.1/4" which I shold have looked for
when i got bogged down in looking for the
keystrokes to LOAD .scr files ito debug
::: {oh well} REMember its an Active "ACTIVE" Applause,
and that activity May obscure the LULL .. I hope NOT

2002-Oct-15, 01:38 PM
Type of Month Length in Days Length in Days
Nodic 27.21220 days 27.212221 days
Tropical not given 27.321582 days
Sidereal 27.32166 days 27.321662 days
Anomalistic 27.66466 days 27.554550 days
Synodic 29.530588 days 29.530589 days
:::::::::::::::|
27.321662 days for 1994-1998 (3600s/hr*24hr/d*27.321662=n1.5968)
The Sidereal Month is the length of time for the Moon
to revolve around the Earth with respect to the fixed stars.
27.212221 days in 1994-2000
The Draconic Month (what you keep calling the "Nodic" Month)
is the length of time for the Moon to cross the ecliptic twice.
With that in mind, what are you trying to show?
THE three rates of change (in the rate of change} are4:
Synodic {Full to Full /New2New /1/4 to 1/4 etc}
Perigee cyclce (insert days) perigee to perigee
its probably longer ?
and a far North to far North ..& its the decay in this last one FIRST

2002-Oct-20, 01:09 PM
<a name="2-10-20.MM"> page 2-10-20.MM aka mOOn MatH
On 2002-05-20 11:03, HUb' wrote: TO: HUb
I KNOW MATH HOURS ALREAD PAST 6:12 A.M. SEE?

Nodic 27.21220 days 27.212221 days
anyway if I could: {I WOULD} describe ?
what I call the North & South Lunar orbital
cycle period. its amplitude? & the decay rate
of both period and Amplitude?/?and further the changes in those rates
--- Yeah yeah? is there a third besides
PERIOD
Amplitude
?hmm?
27.212221 days in 1994-2000
The Draconic Month (what you keep calling the "Nodic" Month)
is the length of time for the Moon to cross the ecliptic twice.
With that in mind, what are you trying to show?
6:17 A.M. itd not me that said Nordic
even if i did know ODIN {once upon a time }
I called it Nort & South
well whatever maybe some day i'll learn to spell North correctly
What this number for 6:19 A.M. PDT October 20, 2002 is 27.212220 EVEN close?

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Oct-21, 02:00 PM
On 2002-10-15 08:06, HUb' wrote:
Well so much for my Lunar math for today
six months later
Five months?

2002-Oct-22, 01:54 AM
On 2002-10-21 10:00, GrapesOfWrath wrote:

On 2002-10-15 08:06, HUb' wrote:
Well so much for my Lunar math for today
six months later
Five months?

nit picker six is close to five on my keyboard
just as close as %^ now back2 NODic (S..N)(.SN.) HOW LONG ?

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Oct-22, 11:46 AM
On 2002-10-21 21:54, HUb' wrote:
nit picker six is close to five on my keyboard
just as close as %^
LOL! I never noticed that before!

Actually, if I move my left hand over two keys, then try to type "five", I get "sixq" instead. Close enough!

2002-Oct-22, 02:40 PM
<a name="2-10-22.L"> page 2-10-22.L aka L
On 2002-10-22 07:46, GrapesOfWrath wrote: To:

On 2002-10-21 21:54, HUb' wrote:
nit picker six is close to five on my keyboard
just as close as %^
LOL! I never noticed that before!

Actually, if I move my left hand over two keys, then try to type "five", I get "sixq" instead. Close enough!
yeah pretty funny alright? But; back to the Question? 4How Long

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Oct-22, 04:08 PM
On 2002-10-22 10:40, HUb' wrote:
But; back to the Question? 4How Long

Part of the problem of showing an effect is that the observed alignment is noticeable and easily separated in our awareness--but physically it is not so dramatic.

Here's an example that I've run into before. A planetologist at an American Geophysical Union meeting once approached me about his theory about the moon Miranda (http://www.planetscapes.com/solar/eng/miranda.htm), which exhibits a chevron pattern. The planetologist was speculating that the chevroning indicated interior convection of a degree three order two spherical harmonic (http://www.floridageomatics.com/publications/gfl/spherical-harmonics.htm), which, when diagrammed, is essentially a sphere divided into eight octants by three orthogonal great circles--every other octant is dark (high) and light (low) in a sort of checkerboard pattern, and at each corner, there is a meeting of light-dark-light-dark at right angles that suggests the pattern seen on Miranda.

The only problem with the theory, and he realized it immediately after I described the details of spherical harmonics, is that the rate of change at those corners is almost zero. In other words, the corners look dramatic, in the figures, but actually they're not.

It's like the seashore, which is in the middle of the coastal plain. It is the most noticeable feature, from one point of view (one side wet, the other dry), but the more dramatic topographic changes occur at the dropoff of the continental shelf, and at the rise farther inland, at the edge of the piedmont for instance.

The alignment of the planets and moon and sun may look dramatic, but the stresses aren't that great, nor that sudden. Don't get me wrong, people have tried to find correlations, tried a lot of relationships, but haven't found any between earthquakes and astrodynamics. If you really want to find something, you should study what has been done, and determine what hasn't been tried yet.

2002-Oct-22, 11:06 PM
<a name="JD2452570.HF"> page JD2452570.HF aka Heat Flow
On 2002-10-22 12:08, GrapesOfWrath wrote: To: 3:03 P.M. PST
Allright? now maybe We`all will get some where
HEAT FLOWS have been studied:
Hu} But; back to the Question? 4How Long
I do not know if heat flows studies were done on the moon
or NOT. it seams reasonable to me that they should
My lunar origion theory has the material comming from Earth
out of whats the Pacific Nowdays.. And very recently in
Geoogical time Sixty (60) million years ago
OR at the time the continants started drifting apart
{Maybe you use some older figure 4it}
once in Orbit {measured in days} ?20? there was hot lava
on the surface to cool via "HEAT FLOW" AND COOL IT DID
GR} you should study what has been done
BUT IN ONLY 60mY there should still be heat flow not so after 4.5By which # 4lunar Orbs I reject.. {lunar heat flow link}

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Oct-23, 12:23 AM
On 2002-10-22 19:06, HUb' wrote:
My lunar origion theory has the material comming from Earth
out of whats the Pacific Nowdays.. And very recently in
Geoogical time Sixty (60) million years ago
OR at the time the continants started drifting apart
{Maybe you use some older figure 4it}
I am not a lunar expert, but I believe that there is some reason to believe that the bombardment which created the craters stopped more than a couple billion years ago. If the moon was truly molten 60 million years ago, it'd not only be hot, but pretty smooth too, seems to me.

2002-Oct-23, 10:55 AM
<a name="2-10-23.4LC"> page 2-10-23.4LC aka Lunar Cycles ?
On 2002-10-22 19:06, HUb' wrote: TO? HUb'S LINE #
Type.... Length . def ...........(RC) Ratee of change & RC/rc

Synodic . . 29.530588 New2New + getting longer? more slowly?

Anomalistic 27.66466 no idea probably same as above

Anomalistic 27.554550 perigee to perigee

Tropical . .27.321582 no idea whatsoever

Sidereal . .27.321662 with respect to the fixed stars. probably SAME

Nodic . . . 27.212221 days cross the ecliptic twice.

Draconic Month (what you keep calling the "Nodic" Month)

its this shortest lunar cycle thats the most MYSTERIOUS 2me

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2002-Oct-23, 11:06 AM
<a name="2-10-23.M:B"> page 2-10-23.M:B aka MILLIONS ? BILLIONS
On 2002-10-22 20:23, GrapesOfWrath wrote: To? 4:10 A.M.
yae? its the age of craters thats the clue..
im my version Most craters on the moon are
about the same age {60 Million years old}
sure there are younger ones .. I said Most
The question is HOW OLD ARE THE CRATERS
which can be translated {maybe}into how fast does the
Solar winds deposit dust? into a crater to fill them }?
So the answer should be found from the Solar Wind's
whateve number Nasa currently gives U for this was different than the 1 I get off MY computers Moniter

2002-Oct-23, 11:21 AM
<a name="2-10-23.LC2"> page 2-10-23.LC2 aka Lunar Cycle continued
Type.... Length . def ...........(RC) Ratee of change & RC/rc

Nodic . . . 27.212221 days cross the ecliptic twice.

Draconic Month (what you keep calling the "Nodic" Month)

its this shortest lunar cycle thats the most MYSTERIOUS 2me

my guess? the N-S amplitudes decreasing {closer to ecliptic}

and slowing2. THUS: with less distance to go and speed constant

period would also be decreasing..

their4 its theorized in the distant past (10e6yr) Nodic=Synodic=?28
--------------------------------------------
WELL I RAN OUT OF LINES SO MUST CONTINUE HERE
=============================================
well so my question becomes when WERE the two
cycles equal {if that in facts the casse}
and would there be any way too discover it?
::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
'poise theres a way {using coral growth rings to measure the synodic cycles of old
is there a way to find Old perigee cycles{yes using earth quake patterns} Um back to the mayans on TV

Donnie B.
2002-Oct-23, 11:47 AM
HUb',

If you're thinking that the rate of dust deposition on the lunar surface can be determined by measuring the rate that dust accumulates on your computer monitor, you're on the wrong track.

First, there are many sources of dust on Earth other than extraterrestrial ones. Wind moves soil particles around. Erosion by wind, water, and freezing/thawing creates new particles from mountains. And critically, living organisms create and move dust around -- indeed, much of the dust in people's homes is composed of dead skin cells shed by the inhabitants.

Secondly, a monitor (or TV set) accumulates dust much faster than its surroundings, because it's electrostatically charged and therefore attracts dust that would otherwise settle elsewhere.

None of these mechanisms is applicable to the Moon. Rates of micrometeorite bombardment have been measured directly by experiments in Earth orbit and on the lunar surface, and these yield deposition rates that are consistent with a 4 to 5 billion year old Moon. Of course, NASA is responsible for many of these measurements, so if you're convinced that there's some grand conspiracy to hide the truth, you won't find the data persuasive.

2002-Oct-24, 12:42 AM