From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) Leagues and gravity Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 00:26:37 -0600 Andy Robertson opined: [snip] >When his hero got to Blue, he started to play with the idea that Blue/Green >just *might* be Ushas/Lune. > >It is only at this point that we learn that Green comes even closer to Blue >than the moon does to the Earth today - something which may signal that >Green is a torn-away moon. > > >I think Blue/Green are in such unstable, temporary, orbits because they are >a young configuration - one which was formed when Lune was torn away from >Ushas by the White Fountain. And Grant Peacock added: >I think you are surely right that the orbits are unstable, even if the force >exerted by Green on Blue is a small percentage of that exerted on Earth by the >moon. This means that the arrangement is a new one. For those who believe the >Blue=Ushas theory, what must have happened was that the white fountain grabbed >Lune out of orbit as it came lumbering in and made into a planet. I don't want to get into the Blue=Ushas debate, but Lune didn't go anywhere. It came up as usual--only much brighter--the first night after the flood, and seemed to behave itself in its customary manner thereafter. See the last paragraph of Chapter XLV of URTH. >Does the white fountain literally move through space into the system, or does it >just magically appear? It moved through space--Sev watched it get brighter as it came nearer. -Roy --