HomeSpace NewsMassive space rock impact could have 'instantly' created the moon

Massive space rock impact could have ‘instantly’ created the moon

A giant impact may have rapidly placed the moon into orbit around Earth rather than creating a disk of debris from which the moon gradually formed over time, new research suggests.

A highly detailed computer simulation created by Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology revealed this alternative origin story for Earth’s lunar companion. This new, aptly named ‘immediate-satellite scenario’ would mean the proto-moon was less molten during its formation and suggest much of the moon formed immediately after a giant impact on Earth.



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