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How will the Solar tides affect the Earth's rotation once it is tidally locked to the Moon?

user177107 should be commended for asking this clever question. In short, the described configuration is possible, at least in principle. It will bring two elements into the dynamics. First, a large ...
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is an asteroid impact the same as an atom bomb

There's quite a bit of radiated heat when a massive meteorite hits the Earth, so that heat could already 'burn you to a crisp'. However, with nuclear weapons ranging up to 50 megatons (Product 602 aka ...
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Why is the summer solstice night shorter than the winter solstice day?

Why is the summer solstice night shorter than the winter solstice day? Aside: If you use your sunrise / sunset calculator you will see that day and night are not equal at the equinoxes. The reason ...
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What is the difference between New Moon day and Lunar Eclipse?

The Moon is in the "New" phase when it is between the Earth and the Sun. The side of the Moon illuminated by the Sun is the side facing away from the Earth, and the Moon is (barely) visible ...
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What is the difference between New Moon day and Lunar Eclipse?

A new moon is also when the Earth is in between Sun and Moon. You got this one wrong. The description above applies to full moon. Correct is: A new moon is when the Moon is (roughly) in between Sun ...
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What is the difference between New Moon day and Lunar Eclipse?

The orbit of the moon is tilted relative to the ecliptic by about 5 degrees. This means that when the moon passes the sun, it might be up to five degrees above or below it in the sky. Since the sun ...
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