Every time I think about the universe, I find myself trapped in a chain of What If thoughts. I am sure most of you would agree with me on this. Our planet is like a tiny dot of dust in the space, TBH! Which also hints at the possibility of things that we think of as magical could actually be true somewhere in space. Some time ago, the news of a city in China wanting to launch an artificial moon into the Earth‘s orbit did rounds everywhere. But what if, the Earth already had two moons instead of one? How would it affect the earth? Read on to find out!
1. Rise In Sea Levels
As we all know, the moon helps in generating tides in the water bodies like seas and oceans. Adding a second moon would amplify this by a great extent. The peak tides would become 6 times higher and cause disastrous floods at some of the major cities around the world like New York, London and Singapore.
2. Days Will Be Longer
The moon also plays a major part in slowing down the planet’s rotation. Going by the current scenario, our days are lengthening by 1 second every 40,000 years. Now it may come off as a very small thing, but if you add an extra moon in the scenario, it will speed up the process. This would result in our days lasting longer than 28 hours, millions of years from now.
3. An Apocalypse
While the extra moon is affecting the tides and the duration of our days, it will simultaneously shift towards our existing moon. This way, in millions of years both these moons would collide, resulting in ripping apart the cores of both moons. The debris from this collision will start racing in every direction. Some of it will eventually hit our planet which would then turn into an apocalypse for the entire life on Earth.
So, on a scale of 1 to Oh Hell No, how freaked out are you? Let us know in the comments below!