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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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Is the moon getting closer to the earth?

no. it stays where it is


Why is the moon hotter and colder than Earth?

the moon gets farther and closer to the sun than the earth because as you should know the planets roatate and when the moon of the earth is directed at the sun it is hotter than the earth because it is closer to the moon. and when the moon is on the oppsite side it is colder than the earth because the sun is farther away than the earth.


Is it true the moon moves 1 inch closer each year?

No, quite the opposite. The Moon's orbit (its circular path around the Earth) is getting larger, at a rate of about 3.8 centimeters per year. (The Moon's orbit has a radius of 384,000 km.) I wouldn't say that the Moon is getting closer to the Sun, specifically, though--it is getting farther from the Earth, so, when it's in the part of its orbit closest to the Sun, it's closer, but when it's in the part of its orbit farthest from the Sun, it's farther away


Is the sun closer to earth or moon?

It varies. Since the moon orbits Earth it will at times be closer to the sun than we are while at others Earth will be closer. Since the phases of the moon are a function of the moon's position relative to Earth and the sun, the moon is closer to the sun than Earth is during the crescent and new moon phases and farther away during the gibbous and full moon phases. Regardless of the phase, the moon is always about 400 times closer to Earth that it is to the sun.


Is the moon getting closer to the earth and when?

Actually, the moon is very slowly moving farther away from the earth, and has been almost since it's formation. The increase in distance is tiny in the course of a human lifetime, however.

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Is the moon getting closer to the earth?

no. it stays where it is


Why does the moon get closer to the earth every 11 years?

The moon is not getting closer but further


Does the moon have to be closer to earth or sun during a solar eclipse?

The moon is ALWAYS much closer to the Earth than it is to the sun. For a solar eclipse, the three bodies have to be lined up, with the moon in the 'middle'. The SIZE of the eclipse (I.E. area covered in shadow) changes if the moon is slightly closer or slightly farther away from Earth. If the Moon is closer to the earth, then the shadowed area is larger. If it is farther from the earth, then the shadowed area is smaller.


Is the moon moving closer to the Earth or farther away?

The moon is moving further away by 1.5cm from the Earth every year.


Why is the moon hotter and colder than Earth?

the moon gets farther and closer to the sun than the earth because as you should know the planets roatate and when the moon of the earth is directed at the sun it is hotter than the earth because it is closer to the moon. and when the moon is on the oppsite side it is colder than the earth because the sun is farther away than the earth.


Is the moon getting closer or farther away or staying in the same place?

the moon moves in a counterclockwise direction


Is the sun closer than the moon to earth?

No. The sun is about 400 times farther away than the moon is.


Is it true the moon moves 1 inch closer each year?

No, quite the opposite. The Moon's orbit (its circular path around the Earth) is getting larger, at a rate of about 3.8 centimeters per year. (The Moon's orbit has a radius of 384,000 km.) I wouldn't say that the Moon is getting closer to the Sun, specifically, though--it is getting farther from the Earth, so, when it's in the part of its orbit closest to the Sun, it's closer, but when it's in the part of its orbit farthest from the Sun, it's farther away


Is the sun closer to earth or moon?

It varies. Since the moon orbits Earth it will at times be closer to the sun than we are while at others Earth will be closer. Since the phases of the moon are a function of the moon's position relative to Earth and the sun, the moon is closer to the sun than Earth is during the crescent and new moon phases and farther away during the gibbous and full moon phases. Regardless of the phase, the moon is always about 400 times closer to Earth that it is to the sun.


Is the moon getting closer to the earth and when?

Actually, the moon is very slowly moving farther away from the earth, and has been almost since it's formation. The increase in distance is tiny in the course of a human lifetime, however.


Why is the moon so big?

why the moon is so big is cause its closer to earth so its bigger and why is small sometimes is casue its farther from earth.


Where would you be if you traveled 6000000 miles into space?

Farther than the Moon, but still much closer to Earth than to any other planet.Farther than the Moon, but still much closer to Earth than to any other planet.Farther than the Moon, but still much closer to Earth than to any other planet.Farther than the Moon, but still much closer to Earth than to any other planet.

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