I read that, if the moon would not be there or if it would dissapear or be destroyed it could cause the earth to rotate into a possible axis of 45° degrees. Because it would be missing the gravitational forces of the moon that keeps te earth in the current axis of +-23.5°. If that happend a part of the earth, for example Europe, could turn in a way that it would be permanently "night".

If I understood that correctly and it is possible, would that transformation take long? Or would it be fast? And with fast I am talking about a couple of years or decades and long about thousands or millions of years.

I am working on a story that would involve this and I am trying to see if I can get the logic to work with a real scientific explanation.

Thanks in advance for any help :)


closed as off-topic by Carl Witthoft, BillDOe, Chappo, Jan Doggen, Mick Jan 31 at 7:52

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a duplicate of many currently closed questions. $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Jan 30 at 18:38
  • $\begingroup$ Unless you make the Moon disappear by magic, the event that removes the Moon is likely to have a big gravitational impact on the Earth. The loss of axial stability would be a relatively minor thing in comparison. $\endgroup$ – PM 2Ring Jan 31 at 6:00
  • $\begingroup$ @CarlWitthoft whacky close reason, can you give the author a helpful one? For example, link to a few of those so they can view the close reasons given in the questions you are thinking of? $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jan 31 at 6:02
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the Help Centre says off-topic includes "Questions that are purely hypothetical, for example a question such as 'Could a black hole destroy the universe' or 'What if our solar system had two suns' (however, feel free to visit World Building)." $\endgroup$ – Chappo Jan 31 at 6:07
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    $\begingroup$ Can't be closed as a duplicate because that one does not have upvoted/marked answers. $\endgroup$ – Jan Doggen Jan 31 at 7:51