Could you explain how a moon draws angular momentum from a planet? I know that the gravitational force transfers momentum, but I don't understand the mechanics behind it.
So the problem goes like this: Two masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ orbit each other with semimajor axis $a$. The orbit is circular, and $m_1 \gg m_2$. The body $m_1$ has a rotational moment of intertia $I_1$ ...
If tidal power plants are slowing down Earth's rotation then is it theoretically possible to build a power plant that would drain energy from Earth's angular momentum (thus slowing down it's ...