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What If Earth Became Tidally Locked?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:37 PM

There's a reason we only ever see one side of the Moon. It's tidally locked to the Earth, presenting only one side to us as it orbits around the planet. Tidal locking is a fate that befalls lots of planetary bodies, and it can wreak havoc on the surface.

Why does tidal locking happen? And more importantly, why hasn't Earth become a tidally locked planet? And are we doomed to go that way eventually?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:11 AM

Well, if we stay in the orbit around the sun long enough, we will become tidally locked.  With that said, one side of the earth will probably be considerably warmer than the other, and one side will definitely be much brighter than the other.





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