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

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  1. Random Variable

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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.
     
  2. Shawn

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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.
     
  3. BrokenVisage

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    I'd ask God but he appears to be logged off AIM at the moment.
     
  4. zephyrprime

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    It's because a huge mars sized object hit the earth early on thus forming the moon also.
     
  5. nakedfrog

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    Really? He's still on for me... he must have just made himself appear offline to you :laugh:
     
  6. Random Variable

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    God never logs off.
     
  7. Random Variable

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    So it's bacially just a theory, not something that could be explained mathematically.

     
  8. JTsyo

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  9. nakedfrog

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    You mean theory in the colloquial sense, and not the scientific? I imagine the proponents of that theory have mathematics to back them up.
     
  10. RaistlinZ

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    Try him on ICQ.
     
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    Incase anyones wondering, His ICQ is 1
     
  12. Crono

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    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. :)
     
  13. Jeff7

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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
    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.
     
  14. Crono

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    Nah, it's 8. It means He can read all messages you send to anyone else :p
     
  15. Shawn

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    1337 h4x
     
  16. BoomerD

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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...
     
  17. zephyrprime

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    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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  19. her209

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    Also, if it weren't tilted, there'd be no seasons.
     
  20. her209

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    Maybe God doesn't exist but instead is just a computer program running on the oscar.aol.com server. Hey, maybe God's name is Oscar.
     
  21. Fritzo

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    I actually understand it was the size of Mars. That would have been something to see.
     
  22. Gibsons

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    From good safe distance.
     
  23. JohnCU

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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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    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.