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Old 11-30-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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I don't think there's a scientifc explanation, but what do I know? Of course the seasons wouldn't exist if it weren't for this tilt.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:40 PM   #2
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

probably due to a huge moon sized meteor hitting the earth early on... the same one that caused a piece of the earth to break off creating the moon.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:41 PM   #3
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

I'd ask God but he appears to be logged off AIM at the moment.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:42 PM   #4
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

It's because a huge mars sized object hit the earth early on thus forming the moon also.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:42 PM   #5
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I'd ask God but he appears to be logged off AIM at the moment.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:43 PM   #6
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:46 PM   #7
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probably due to a huge moon sized meteor hitting the earth early on... the same one that caused a piece of the earth to break off creating the moon.
So it's bacially just a theory, not something that could be explained mathematically.

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:51 PM   #8
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_impact_hypothesis
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:52 PM   #9
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probably due to a huge moon sized meteor hitting the earth early on... the same one that caused a piece of the earth to break off creating the moon.
So it's bacially just a theory, not something that could be explained mathematically.
You mean theory in the colloquial sense, and not the scientific? I imagine the proponents of that theory have mathematics to back them up.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:49 PM   #10
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

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Old 11-30-2007, 10:54 PM   #11
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

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Old 11-30-2007, 10:55 PM   #12
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I'd ask God but he appears to be logged off AIM at the moment.
Really? He's still on for me... he must have just made himself appear offline to you :laugh:
No, the problem is he's blocking him. You have to use the "unblock" option on the right-click menu. I know, I know, you haven't got along with Him for as long as you've lived, seems like, but I was in the same situation, too, and now I talk to Him nearly without ceasing (He's always on for me). Don't worry, suck up your pride, unblock Him, and send Him an IM - He's like a good father, He'll forgive you, no matter what you've done.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:56 PM   #13
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

If it weren't tilted, we'd all be wondering, "Why is Earth's axis so perfectly aligned?"

Planet info

Mercury: 0 degrees
Venus: 3 degrees
Earth: 23.5 degrees
Mars: 25.2 degrees
Jupiter: 3 degrees
Saturn: 27 degrees
Uranus: 98 degrees
Neptune: 29.5 degrees
Pluto: 120 degrees


Just a whole wobbly bunch we've got.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:57 PM   #14
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

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Old 11-30-2007, 11:01 PM   #15
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

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Old 11-30-2007, 11:25 PM   #16
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

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Either way you still gotta put in a request to be added to his contact list...and it might take a while with all the beggers...I mean requesters he gets...
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:45 PM   #17
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If it weren't tilted, we'd all be wondering, "Why is Earth's axis so perfectly aligned?"
Not so. All the planets in this solar system are formed form the same cloud of gas. Since it's one cloud, all it's parts have the same axis of rotation so all the planets should pretty close to perfectly aligned with each other and the sun if no collisions or stuff ever happened. The solar system itself is somewhat off kilter to the plane of the galaxy.
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:49 PM   #18
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If it weren't tilted, we'd all be wondering, "Why is Earth's axis so perfectly aligned?"
Not so. All the planets in this solar system are formed form the same cloud of gas. Since it's one cloud, all it's parts have the same axis of rotation so all the planets should pretty close to perfectly aligned with each other and the sun if no collisions or stuff ever happened. The solar system itself is somewhat off kilter to the plane of the galaxy.


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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

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If it weren't tilted, we'd all be wondering, "Why is Earth's axis so perfectly aligned?"

Planet info

Mercury: 0 degrees
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Earth: 23.5 degrees
Mars: 25.2 degrees
Jupiter: 3 degrees
Saturn: 27 degrees
Uranus: 98 degrees
Neptune: 29.5 degrees
Pluto: 120 degrees


Just a whole wobbly bunch we've got.
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Default Why is the Earth's axis inclined 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the ecliptic plane?

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probably due to a huge moon sized meteor hitting the earth early on... the same one that caused a piece of the earth to break off creating the moon.
I actually understand it was the size of Mars. That would have been something to see.
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probably due to a huge moon sized meteor hitting the earth early on... the same one that caused a piece of the earth to break off creating the moon.
I actually understand it was the size of Mars. That would have been something to see.
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some religious nut tried to use the fact that the earth is angled as proof of god on me a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:34 PM   #25
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is it fixed at that angle or is slowly changing in either direction? it would seem that since the earth is cooling and becoming less amorphous that it would not hold that angle permanently over eons.
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