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Formation of the Moon, artwork

Formation of the Moon, artwork

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PAUL WOOTTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL WOOTTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Formation of the Moon. Computer artwork showing the giant impact theory of the formation of the Moon. This theory says that an object about the size of Mars (upper left) collided with the Earth (lower right) around 4.6 billion years ago, soon after they both formed. The impact was side-on, rather than a direct impact. Material from the outer layers of both bodies was thrown into orbit around the Earth, forming a ring. This then coalesced to form the Moon.

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