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Is the moon getting closer or farther from the earth?


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Answered 2008-10-01 03:42:45

The moon is currently moving farther away from the earth, at approximately 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) per year. Full discussion found at curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=124

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