|MadSci Network: Astronomy|
I have never really understood how the moon orbits the Earth, for milllions of years, without either shooting into outer space or falling to earth. How is the exact delecate balance not interrupted by the moon's moving closer or farther from the Earth, or by the Earth's moving closer or farther from the sun. How do all the moons of various sizes, densities, etc., around a planet like Jupiter, remain in orbit without affecting each other's orbit or running into each other. I am asking just because I have been curious about this and have not found an answer.
Re: How do moons maintain their orbit, given gravity and other forces
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