In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Peter Bunclark writes:

>> Without the Moon, the Earth could nod through large angles, lying on
>> its side or perhaps even rotating retrograde every few million
>> years.  Try making sense of timekeeping under such circumstances.

You mean like taking a sequence of atomic seconds, counting them
in a predicatable way and be happy that timekeeping has nothing
to do with geophysics ?

Yeah, I could live with that.

>Hang on a minute, statistically planets in the Solar System do not have a
>large moon and yet are "upright"; for example Mars comes very close to the
>conditions required to generate a leapseconds email exploder.

As far as I know the atmosphere is far to cold for that :-)

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