The Discovery Of The Moon Essay

1099 Words Dec 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Moon: Theia Impact or “Big Splash” Theory: When in Earth was still in a molten state, an impactor (Theia) collided with the still forming Earth. Debris and magma that separated from the original body is believed to have congregated and formed into our moon, remaining in its “parent’s” orbit. (Most Plausible Explanation) Fission Theory: Chunk of magma separated from Earth in early formation stages. Pacific ocean basin is said to be where material was removed. Capture Theory: The moon was formed elsewhere and was pulled into Earth’s field of gravity.The moon is 4.5 billion years old. July 20, 1969: First man on moon Theia Theory is the most reasonable explanation for the moon’s formation. It explains why the moon lacks iron, and accurately predicts the time frames these events occurred.Moon has experienced countless impacts, resulting in its craters. Maria are dark spots on the moon, and are younger than highlands. Highlands are older than Maria, and have higher hills. Impacts are the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. The moon has experienced uncountable amount of impacts which have caused the moon to be filled with craters. Same as Earth and many other planets. Luckily, the Earth has an atmosphere that burns up many of the incoming meteors before they impact. Craters are large, bowl-shaped cavity in the ground or on the surface of a planet or the moon, typically they are caused by an explosion or the impact of a meteorite or other…

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