If the sun was 1% further than the total distance from us what would the temperature would be on Earth?

No change. Here in the northern hemisphere, the sun is closest during our winter and further away during our summer because of the elliptical nature of our orbit around the sun. It’s not the closeness to the sun that causes summer or winter, but the tilt of the earth. That tilt causes summer days to... Continue Reading →

How do satellites stay in space?

Let’s revisit Sir Isaac Newton’s cannon. In the above mentioned article we had placed a level on the cannon and shot the cannonball at 1440 feet per second parallel to the ground until it fell and bounced and rolled and came to a stop. We didn’t want to shoot it up in the air in a... Continue Reading →

GPS Block III on Hold

Since GPS achieved Fully Operational Capability on July 17, 1995, GPS has become an essential navigational tool for civilians and military alike. Keeping the system up-to-date has proved to be a problem. Originally the system was supposed to be up and running in February of 2016 but has been delayed at least until 2023. The latest... Continue Reading →

Why does the moon revolve around the earth?

It just moves forward. The moon isn’t stationary. It has inertia and no atmosphere in space to slow it down. It just goes. As it moves forward, the gravity of Earth tugs on it and it falls, but because it’s moving forward it misses Earth as it falls and goes around, again and again. That’s... Continue Reading →

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