Why is the Moon Shaped Like a Lemon? Scientists Explain

July 31, 2014 3:23 PM

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Why is the Moon Shaped Like a Lemon? Scientists Explain

Earth's powerful gravity tugged the moon into its oddball shape long ago, shortly after both bodies formed, a new study suggests.

Tidal forces exerted during the early days of the solar system can explain most of the moon's large-scale topography, including its slight lemon shape, reports the study, which was published online today (July 30) in the journal Nature.

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