Earth’s Moon May Have Shifted Its Axis Three Billion Years Ago

Posted: Mar 25 2016, 11:16am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Earth’s Moon May Have Shifted Its Axis Three Billion Years Ago
A new study published today in Nature reports Earth’s moon wandered off its original axis roughly 3 billion years ago. Credit: James Keane, U of Arizona

The latest scientific evidence shows us that the earth’s moon may have shifted its axis three billion years ago.

Old ice caps on the lunar poles show that the axis of the moon may have undergone a radical shift some 3 billion years ago. The axis as everyone knows is the imaginary line running through the lunar body’s middle and around which it rotates.

A billion years ago, it shifted by six degrees. Yet the question is how this discovery was made in the first place. A team of researchers analyzed data provided courtesy of NASA.

Lunar polar hydrogen was examined in detail. This is still extant in the form of ice in craters on the moon around its north and south poles. It is kept away from direct view of the sun.

The frozen water is in a slightly anomalous position relative to the moon’s real axis. Thus the pole of the moon may have tilted sometime in its history.

This hypothesis is furthermore corroborated by the offset being similar at both poles yet tilted in opposite tendencies. The occurrence probably took place in a billion years’ time span during a total time period of three billion years.

The common sight of a so-called Man on the Moon also got changed due to this cataclysmic shift. As the inner part of the moon warmed up, the physiognomy crept upwards.

The poles changed their positions. This is almost like for example if Earth’s axis were to shift from the South Pole to the Land Down Under (that would be Australia).

This does not happen everyday. It is basically a “once in a blue moon” occurrence (no pun intended). This makes the moon a member of a coterie of heavenly bodies that are special and which include: the Earth, Mars, Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

Planets rotate about their axis. Light spots lean towards the poles whereas heavier ones lean towards the equator. The moon may have shifted its poles due to volcanic activity many years ago.

These age-old volcanoes melted large parts of the moon and caused a massive shift of its mass from one area to another. The whole moon virtually moved as a result.

The axis crept the distance between Dallas and Houston. Other conundrums have to do with why water has been found on the moon. The melting of the ice caps may be one reason.

This new study published in the journal Nature.

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