Tides on the Moon: Theory and determination of dissipation

  title={Tides on the Moon: Theory and determination of dissipation},
  author={James G. Williams and Dale H. Boggs},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets},
  pages={689 - 724}
Solid body tides on the Moon vary by about ±0.1 m each month. In addition to changes in shape, the Moon's gravity field and orientation in space are affected by tides. The tidal expressions for an elastic sphere are compact, but dissipation introduces modifications that depend on the forcing period. Consequently, a Fourier representation of the tide‐raising potential is needed. A mathematical model for the distortion‐caused tidal potential may be used for the analysis of precise spacecraft… 


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