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Posted by Matthew Sullivan on April 9, 2002 17:39:20 UTC

Hey Joe,

I may be oversimplifying or completely missing the point, but it seems like the sun is pulling the earth and moon with the same acceleration; i.e. if the earth weren't there the moon would follow the earth's orbit. Since the earth and moon are effectively stationary with respect to each other barring gravitational interaction, from the earth's point of view the moon orbits it as though the sun has no effect. Just a thought...

Matt

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