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NASA Confirms Moon Is Shrinking: What This Means for Our Future

Currently, the moon's core has shrunk by about 50 metres, or 164 feet, over the past several hundred million years.

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NASA Confirms Moon Is Shrinking

NASA Confirms Moon Is Shrinking: It has been claimed on social media that the moon is shrinking due to seismic activity. This was discovered by examining photographs of thrust faults on the lunar surface.

Currently, the moon’s core has shrunk by about 50 metres, or 164 feet, over the past several hundred million years.

After analyzing thrust fault images on the moon’s surface, scientists found that this is true.

Researchers found some flaws in the seismometers left on the moon during the Apollo era, which were photographed by Apollo astronauts as well as by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The moon’s inner core has a radius of about 500 kilometres and is partially molten, but much less dense than Earth’s.

Its inner part is still very cold and is shrinking. On the other hand, its outer part, the crust, is very fragile. Therefore, as the inner part shrinks, the crust breaks, pulling parts of the crust towards the core.

Moon lines are cracks and wrinkles caused by that slow contraction. Evidence suggests that this process continues even today, but the Earth’s gravity has a greater effect on the moon.

The question is, will it affect humans? According to scientists, no. The rate of shrinkage of the moon has been prolonged.

Despite shrinking, the apparent size of the moon in the sky will not change so much that it will affect humans, since its mass isn’t decreasing.

Since the moon’s orbit grows by about 3.8 cm per year, its gravitational force doesn’t affect the Earth negatively. Because of this, the rotation of the Earth is slowing down.

A day on Earth is lengthened by about 2.3 milliseconds due to this.

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