Assume the moon is a perfect sphere and a straight tunnel has been drilled through the center. How long would it take a 1kg ball dropped from one end of the tunnel to reach the center? Ignore all resistances.
If a second 1kg ball is dropped 10 seconds after the first one, when and where in the tunnel would they first meet?
Idealized Moon Stats:
- Diameter: 3480 kilometers
- Mass: 7.38x10^22 kilograms (uniform density)
I ask: Would it ever go through?
The moon spins at a fast rate. Couldn't centripetal force propel it
outwards or is that just a quick answer? I don't know calculus etc, so
I could be wrong and trying to find a solution to a problem I'm not
capable of. But centripetal (centrifugal? Ditz mood. I blame the
medication.) force could cause it to accelerate right back outwards
after a moderate time.