### Abstract

We investigate the planar three-body problem in the range where one mass, say the 'sun' is very far from the other two, call them 'earth' and 'moon'. We show that "stutters" : two consecutive eclipses in which the moon lies on the line between the earth and sun, occur for an open set of initial conditions. In these motions the moon reverses its sense of rotation about the earth. The mechanism is a kind of tidal torque (see the 'key equation'). The motivation is to better understand the limits of variational methods. The methods of proof are classical estimates and bounds in this asymptotic regime.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 569-595 |

Number of pages | 27 |

Journal | Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B |

Volume | 10 |

Issue number | 2-3 |

State | Published - Dec 1 2008 |

### All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Applied Mathematics

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Kaplan, S. R., Levi, M., & Montgomery, R. (2008). Making the moon reverse its orbit, or, stuttering in the planar three-body problem.

*Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B*,*10*(2-3), 569-595.