The moon is (kind of) flat, and scientists know why

July 30, 2014 10:05 PM

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The moon is (kind of) flat, and scientists know why

"There's a variety of interesting things that could happen, at that time when the Moon was really hot, that could change its shape," explained Ian Garrick-Bethell.

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) say that tidal forces early in the moon's formational history account for its odd appearance. Today, the moon rotates too slow and is too far from Earth to explain its flattened shape. But in its earliest days, while still predominantly ...

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