Reply to post: Re: The moon orbits the Sun

Apollo 11 @ 50: The long shadow of the flag

John Robson Silver badge

Re: The moon orbits the Sun

No - because the proportional difference between the force from the closest and furthest point from the orbited body is very much smaller for the sun (~93M miles away) as compared with the difference against the earth moon distance (0.25M miles)

It's nearly a 400X difference in average distance.

So the 'difference' in force from one side to the other of the planet is very much smaller - and that's what tidal forces are.

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/tide.html#mstid

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