Who determined the distance between Earth and Moon?

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Looking at the Moon tonight, I realized it might not be too difficult to determine how far away it is.

Who was the first person to establish a close estimate?
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Who determined the distance between Earth and Moon?
« Reply #1 on: 28/10/2010 09:33:24 »
Someone with a very long tape measure. Oooo! That smarts!
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Who determined the distance between Earth and Moon?
« Reply #2 on: 28/10/2010 09:44:59 »
Have you been at the moon-shine again Don?  [:D]

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Who determined the distance between Earth and Moon?
« Reply #3 on: 28/10/2010 09:51:55 »
Could it have been a luna miles
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Who determined the distance between Earth and Moon?
« Reply #4 on: 28/10/2010 17:56:44 »
It was some old geezer (perhaps you're related to him or at least know him ) by the name of Harry Starkers (or summat to that effect)

 Aristarchus 310 BC or thereabouts.
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Who determined the distance between Earth and Moon?
« Reply #5 on: 28/10/2010 18:05:00 »
How did Harry work it out? Did some time traveller bring him a "frikin' laser" so he could bounce a light beam off the Moon?
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Who determined the distance between Earth and Moon?
« Reply #6 on: 28/10/2010 18:10:29 »
He was klevur old geezer, did it like this.
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Who determined the distance between Earth and Moon?
« Reply #7 on: 28/10/2010 19:05:28 »
If you look at the thread about dangling a string over a black hole, you will find you can get up there with a ladder, and lose weight at the same time.  Wonderful thing science  [:P]

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Who determined the distance between Earth and Moon?
« Reply #8 on: 29/10/2010 06:48:58 »
Sir Isaac Newton had serious doubts about his theory of universal gravitation because the accepted value of the distance of the Moon was incorrect.
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