The Clockwork Moon

The Clockwork Moon

The orbital velocity of the Moon is a curious beast.

From a Heliocentric perspective the Moon and the Earth are orbiting the Sun with exactly the same average velocity.

However, the orbital speed of the Moon varies as it weaves it’s way around Earth.

Solarcentric Moon

The orbital velocity of the Moon accelerates between New Moon and Full Moon
The orbital velocity of the Moon decelerates between Full Moon and New Moon.

Accelerating Moon

From a Geocentric perspective the Moon can be said to be orbiting the Earth [on average every 27.321582 days] at an average speed of 1.022 kilometres per second [as it weaves around Earth].

Geocentric Lunar Orbit

Orbital period 27.321582 d (27 d 7 h 43.1 min)

Average orbital speed 1.022 km/s

The orbital period is the time taken for a given object to make one complete orbit around another object.

The Geocentric orbital velocity of the Moon [1.022 km/s] is only 0.031 km/s faster than the graphically measured velocity of the Earth’s Co-Rotational Plasmapause [0.991 km/s].

However, it is not unreasonable to deem these velocities identical [on average] given the irregular shape of the Plasmapause.

Co-Rotation Calculations

See: Planetary Rotation 3: Mars, Earth and Venus

Co-Rotation Distance

Earth’s plasmasphere at 30.4 nm.
This image from the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager was taken at 07:34 UTC on 24 May 2000, at a range of 6.0 Earth radii from the center of Earth and a magnetic latitude of 73 N.
The Sun is to the lower right, and Earth’s shadow extends through the plasmasphere toward the upper left.
The bright ring near the center is an aurora, and includes emissions at wavelengths other than 30.4 nm. (From Sandel, B. R., et al., Space Sci. Rev., 109, 25, 2003.)

MAGE Extreme Ultraviolet Imager

In the case of earth’s magnetosphere, external stresses imposed by the solar wind impede corotation beyond the plasmapause

Inertial Limit on Corotation – T. W. Hill
Space Physics and Astronomy Department, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Journal of Geophysical Research – 1979

Deeming these velocities identical [a difference of just 3.09%] provides the connecting velocity between the Outer Free Irrotational Vortex and the Inner Forced Rotational Vortex that combine to form the particulate Geocentric Rankine Vortex.

Rankine Vortex

See: Geocentric Rankine Vortex

Standardising upon the Lunar orbital velocity of 1.022 km/s it is possible to visualise how the Moon is positioned within the outer reaches of the Geocentric Rankine Vortex.

Geocentric Rankine Vortex - Composite

This model can now be developed to visualise how the particulate Solar Wind drives the particulate Geocentric Rankine Vortex.

This plasma consists of mostly electrons, protons and alpha particles with energies usually between 1.5 and 10 keV; embedded in the solar-wind plasma is the interplanetary magnetic field.

Solar Wind

As the particulate Solar Wind streams past the particulate Geocentric Rankine Vortex it imparts spin and lift [via the Magnus Effect] to the Geocentric Rankine Vortex.

The Magnus effect is the commonly observed effect in which a spinning ball (or cylinder) curves away from its principal flight path. It is important in many ball sports. It affects spinning missiles, and has some engineering uses, for instance in the design of rotor ships and Flettner aeroplanes.

Solar Wind - small

In other words:

The Clockwork Moon is driven by the Solar Wind.

Moon - Fast and Slow cycle

Similarly, the Clockwork Earth is driven by the Solar Wind.

The Fluid Mechanics associated with the Geocentric Rankine Vortex are clearly demonstrated by Asteroid 2010 SO16.

Asteroid 2010 SO16_Horseshoe_Orbit_Spiral

Inventions and Deceptions – Asteroid 2010 SO16

The break down of mainstream theory [as demonstrated by the Hill Sphere at New Moon] clearly indicates it’s time to retire Newtonian Gravity.


Inventions and Deceptions – Hill Sphere

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3 Responses to The Clockwork Moon

  1. I have a problem having electrons, protons and alpha particles travelling in the same direction at the same time. Two are ‘positive’ electric charges while the electron is electrically negative.

    So the propulsion force can’t be an electric field, can it.

    • malagabay says:

      My perspective: An understanding of the cosmos can only be gained through a synthesis of the Clockwork Universe and the Electric Universe i.e. Magnetohydrodynamics.
      === === ===
      The oracles inform us that the Solar Wind [aka Solar Plasma Stream] is composed of electrons, protons , alpha particles and heavy ions.

      The solar wind is a collection of streams of energetic particles that originate on the Sun.

      The composition of the solar wind is a mixture of materials found in the solar plasma, composed of ionized hydrogen (electrons and protons) with an 8% component of helium (alpha particles) and trace amounts of heavy ions and atomic nuclei: C, N, O, Ne, Mg, Si, S, and Fe.

      SOHO also identified traces of some elements for the first time such as P, Ti, Cr and Ni and an assortment of solar wind isotopes identified for the first time: Fe 54 and 56; Ni 58,60,62 (Galvin, 1996).

      Note that although the solar wind is electrically balanced, the solar wind consists almost exclusively of charged particles (stripped away nuclei from atoms) and is an excellent electrical conductor.
      These electrically conducting particles is technically known as a plasma, so it may be misleading to think of the solar wind as like Earth “winds”.

      The slow wind has a speed of about 400 km/sec and the fast component is about twice that speed (Lang, 1996).

      What is the chemical composition of the solar wind? – Amara Graps

      There are undoubtedly electromagnetic phenomena associated with the fluid mechanics of the Solar Plasma Stream.

      Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) (magneto fluid dynamics or hydromagnetics) is the study of the magnetic properties of electrically conducting fluids.

      Examples of such magneto-fluids include plasmas, liquid metals, and salt water or electrolytes.

      The word magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) is derived from magneto- meaning magnetic field, hydro- meaning water, and -dynamics meaning movement.

      The field of MHD was initiated by Hannes Alfvén, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1970.

      The fundamental concept behind MHD is that magnetic fields can induce currents in a moving conductive fluid, which in turn polarizes the fluid and reciprocally changes the magnetic field itself.

      The set of equations that describe MHD are a combination of the Navier-Stokes equations of fluid dynamics and Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism.

      These differential equations must be solved simultaneously, either analytically or numerically.

      Kepler clearly articulated the underlying fluid mechanics governing the planets in Solar System [with emphasis on the word System] way back in 1619.

      The square of the orbital period of a planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit.

      This captures the relationship between the distance of planets from the Sun, and their orbital periods.

      Kepler enunciated in 1619 this third law in a laborious attempt to determine what he viewed as the “music of the spheres” according to precise laws, and express it in terms of musical notation.

      So it was known as the harmonic law.'s_laws_of_planetary_motion#Third_law

      In the history of science, the clockwork universe compares the universe to a mechanical clock. It continues ticking along, as a perfect machine, with its gears governed by the laws of physics, making every aspect of the machine predictable.

      A similar concept goes back, to John of Sacrobosco’s early 13th-century introduction to astronomy: On the Sphere of the World.

      René Descartes [1596–1650] refined the underlying fluid mechanics by introducing the vortex.

      Descartes’ vortex theory of planetary motion proved initially to be one of the most influential aspects of Cartesian physics, at least until roughly the mid-eighteenth century.

      A vortex, for Descartes, is a large circling band of material particles.

      In essence, Descartes’ vortex theory attempts to explain celestial phenomena, especially the orbits of the planets or the motions of comets, by situating them (usually at rest) in these large circling bands.

      Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Descartes’ Physics

      Descartes’ vortex theory of planetary motion

      Then cosmology got corrupted by Newton, his fudged mathematics and magical Forces at a Distance.

      In physics, action at a distance is the concept that an object can be moved, changed, or otherwise affected without being physically touched (as in mechanical contact) by another object.

      Our challenge is to fit the Clockwork Universe and Electric Universe pieces of the puzzle together [without resorting to Newtonian fudge] i.e. Magnetohydrodynamics.

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