Massive impact of space rocks could have ‘instantly’ created the moon

A giant impact may have quickly put the moon into orbit around Earth rather than creating a disk of debris from which the moon gradually formed over time, according to new research.

A very detailed computer simulation created by Durham University’s Institute of Computational Cosmology has revealed this alternate origin story for Earth’s lunar companion. This aptly named new “immediate satellite scenario” would mean that the proto-moon melted less during its formation and suggests that much of the moon formed immediately after a giant impact on Earth.

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