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>"Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...> wrote:

>This is getting seriously OT, but since I didn't explain it very 
>well, I thought I'd try again.

Who cares? :-) As long as it's marked OT, those not interested can pass 
it by.  I find it fascinating.

>Depends on what you mean by "different". The Moon is receding from
>the Earth at a rate of about 38mm/year. So, for instance, back at the
>start of the Pleistocene it was about 40,000 miles closer to us than
>it is now.

Math is not my strong suit.  Can you tell us how much larger the moon 
appeared then than it is now?  Twice as large?  Thrice as large, etc.?  
It must have been truly beautiful.

Charlie