Origin of the Moon, artwork

Origin of the Moon, artwork

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Credit: GARY HINCKS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Origin of the Moon. Computer artwork showing the Moon (centre right) forming from a ring of debris orbiting the Earth. It is thought that this ring of debris was caused by a Mars-sized body impacting with the Earth. An impact such as this would have caused a huge amount of debris to be ejected into space.

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