WHY is the Moon receding away from the Earth?

The Moon creates tidal waves on Earth, not only in the ocean, but also in the Earth’s crust. As a result of the Earth’s rotation, tidal waves are not located strictly on the planet-satellite line, but somewhat ahead of it. The tidal wave near the moon is attracted by it a little stronger than the one on the other side of the Earth.

Therefore, a torque acts on the Earth from the side of the Moon, which gradually slows down the planet’s rotation. But as action equals counteraction, the moon receives an equal and opposite effect and accelerates its motion. And this corresponds to moving to a higher orbit, that is, moving away from the Earth.

So the Moon is moving away from us due to the energy of the Earth’s rotation at a rate of 4 cm per year.

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