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Why is the moon's orbit elliptical shaped?

Asked by GloPro (8306points) July 13th, 2014 from iPhone

Is the pull of gravity inconsistent, allowing the moon to stray farther from the earth on one side of it’s path? Does it have to do with the direction of the Earth’s rotation and centrifical force? Does the Earth’s own orbit around the sun have any impact? Is the orbital path consistent, for the most part?

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