What would happen to the earth if the moon lowered to half of its present distance?

This happened already!

Well, not exactly lowered. It just was lower.

The moon is actually drifting away from us at an astounding and measurable rate every year. One day it will fly away and that will be very bad for Earth.

The moon is drifting away from us at a rate of 3.78 centimeters (1.5 inches) per year, and that distance is measurable with laser instruments.

That is a tremendous amount. In your life the moon has probably drifted a foot or more away. Conversely, there was a time when the moon was much closer.

Take 1.5 inches and multiply it by millions or billions, and it starts to add up.

Author: Wayne Boyd

Wayne Edward Boyd was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1953. He is a published author, former ISKCON sannyasi, and traveler, having lived on 3 continents and visited 37 countries. He presently lives in Amarillo, Texas working as a correctional officer and has interests in photography, political science and astronomy.

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