The Moon is slowly drifting away from Earth
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It's doing it very slowly but the Moon is definitely drifting further and further away from the Earth each year.
You might reckon that our Moon is a constant feature in the night's sky, our celestial sentinel reflecting the light of the sun into our lives even at night-time, but it looks like our dear old Moon is edging further away.
Humanity has long looked up at the Moon and wondered what it's like up there, and thanks to the efforts of brave pioneers and incredible scientific advancement, we've managed to get people up there.
Now, attention on the Moon turns towards the possibility that we could one day live there, and if we do end up trying to establish colonies in space, that could cause problems between nations attempting to carve out different parts of the Moon as their territory.
NASA is even awarding contracts for the development of technology that will allow us to construct habitats and roads on the surface of the Moon.
But people who live there might want to be wary that their commute back to Earth doesn't get too long.
If I told you that the Moon was getting away from the Earth, you might call me a luna-tic, but scientists have discovered that it's slowly drifting away from us at a rate of 3.8cm a year.
It's not very a-moon-sing to ponder the idea that the Moon is trying to ditch us, but according to NASA, it has been doing just that and since the Moon is four and a half billion years old, it seems like it's trying been to dump us for a while.
However, while that might be happening now it's a 'poor guide for the past', according to Professor Joshua Davies of the Université du Québec à Montréal, research associate Margriet Lantink University of Wisconsin-Madison and their colleagues from Utrecht University and the University of Geneva.
They explain that if the Moon's rate of recession had been a constant, then it would have collided with Earth about 1.5 billion years ago, which is impossible since the Moon is three times older than that.
And here's the science-y bit, it's to do with something called 'Milankovitch cycles' where small changes in the Earth's orbit of the Sun change the amount of sunlight that the planet receives.
These cycles can have a profound effect on our planet's climate and leave their evidence in the very ground itself, and by researching old sediment they can measure the Earth's 'wobble' and figure out how far away the Moon was incredible amounts of time ago.
They found that about 2.46 billion years ago, the Moon was around 60,000km closer to Earth than it is now, which would have resulted in 17 hour days on the planet.