The Earth–Moon System

  • Robert A. Garfinkle


Before we begin to observe the physical wanderings of the “Queen of Night,” I want to introduce you to the mechanics of the Earth–Moon system. I will cover the relationships between the Earth, Moon, and Sun, the effects that gravity has on the motions of these bodies, and how we use their motions to mark time. In the next chapter, I will deal with the physical Moon, its geologic history, and the nomenclature used to name its features. Chapter  6 will present how we observe the Moon’s motions and general tips on viewing the Moon itself.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Garfinkle
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  1. 1.Union CityUSA

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