is Getting Further Away
The moon is moving further away and will cause
the end of life as we know it, say boffins.
Scientists have long known that the universe is accelerating. Following
the Big Bang, the universe expanded at a tremendous rate and, to
the bafflement of boffins, shows no sign of slowing down. In fact,
the space between planets, stars, galaxies and the other stuff,
so-called “dark stuff”, is increasing.
John Gavin, technical director at The Institute Of the Moon, says,
“Given what we have observed, it is no surprise that we now
see the moon is getting further away. It’s heavy duty.”
His assertions, however, are disputed by others of the science
community who claim that the moon is still where it used to be but
that it is planet Earth which is moving further away from the moon.
“If you imagine our solar system to be in a straight line”,
says Dr David Coyle, “the Earth has moved about eight or nine
miles to the right. Mars is also moving to the right, but at a much
slower rate than we are. This means that within a relatively short
time, we can seriously plan travel to Mars because the distance
between the two planets is decreasing.”
While Mars explorers will be winners, there will of course be losers.
Tidal changes will cause the erosion of coastlines and problems
for surfers. And as the moon grows smaller in our skies, no-one
can anticipate the consequences for werewolves.