Collision with Earth's 'Little Sister' Created the Moon

April 8, 2015 5:03 PM

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Collision with Earth's 'Little Sister' Created the Moon

The primordial planet believed to have smashed into baby Earth, creating a cloud of debris that eventually formed into the moon, was chemically a near-match to Earth, a new study shows.

The finding, reported in this week’s Nature, helps resolve a long-standing puzzle about why Earth and the moon are nearly twins in terms of composition. Computer models show that most of the material that formed the moon would have come from the shattered impactor, a planetary body referred to as Th...

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