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  title={On the secular recession of the Earth-Moon system as an azimuthal gravitational phenomenon},
  author={Golden Gadzirayi Nyambuya and T. Makwanya and B. A. Tuturu and Wilbert Tendekai Tsoka},
  journal={Astrophysics and Space Science},
We here apply the ASTG-model to the observed secular trend in the mean Sun-(Earth-Moon) and Earth-Moon distances thereby providing an alternative explanation as to what the cause of this secular trend may be. Within the margins of observational error; for the semi-major axis rate of the Earth-Moon system, in agreement with observations (of Standish and Kurtz, Proceedings IAU Colloquium, IAU, pp. 163–179, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005), we obtain a value of about +(5.10±0.10) cm/yr… 

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