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Posted by Joe Antognini on April 7, 2002 00:24:42 UTC

For the uninterested astronomer...

Puzzle this in between looks at the Messier objects!

Everyone knows that the Earth has a pull on the moon. I hope everyone also knows that the sun also has a pull on the moon. Well, because the moon orbits the Earth, the Earth should have a greater pull on the moon than the sun. Correct? Well, that sounds nice, but in actuality, the sun's pull on the moon is twice as strong as that of the Earth's. So then, why does the moon still orbit the Earth? This may be easy for some but hard for others, post a message to try your hand. I'll post my own message (the correct answer) in a few days. I'll also mention anyone who was correct or got so close that they could touch it by sticking out a pencil with a jumbo eraser attached to it. Have fun!

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