The moon has started pulling away from the Earth. We are in a situation where the Earth is experiencing rotation at a slower rate. On account of the slower rotation, the days are getting longer with the ratio of 1/75000 seconds.
The new calculations reveal the statistics worked out recently. As per these calculations, if we go back to around a billion years ago, a day on our planet would last for about five hours and fifteen minutes shorter than the present situation. This was before the period of spreading of the complex life across the globe.
For such calculations, scientists made the use of astronomical theory coupled with the geochemical signatures. These geochemical signatures were buried inside the ancient rocks. The calculations unveiled the fact that about 1.4 billion years ago our Blue Planet witnessed a full revolution about its axis. The revolution was scheduled at every eighteen hours and forty-one minutes.
This number signifies that the average length of the day has grown at the rate of one 74 thousandth seconds per annum on the Earth. This growth has been witnessed since the Precambrian Times. It is expected that the length of the day on Earth will continue to grow similarly for millions of years to come.
As the Earth’s rotation is winding down, the moon starts moving farther from Earth. Stephen Meyers calculates the distance of the moon from Earth concerning its distance 1.4 billion years ago. According to his calculations, the moon had drifted about forty-four thousand kilometers from the Earth to three lakh eighty-four thousand and four hundred kilometers. The estimate marks their presence in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
However, the moon will not retreat from the Blue Planet forever. It is being predicted that at some point in time in its life, the moon will reach that distance of the Earth from where it will be visible to only half part of the Earth. The other half of the Earth will never witness the Moonlight.