Skip to content

New testing confirms Moon was created from impact with earth of 4.5 billion years ago

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/6/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Results will be published in Californian geochemistry conference

New research published in the journal Science may provide proof that the Moon formed when the early Earth and a separate proto-planet body collided over 4.5 billion years ago.

A German research team is set to announce their findings during the June 8-13 Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in California.

A German research team is set to announce their findings during the June 8-13 Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in California.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/6/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Science, Technology,


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers from the University of Goettingen in Germany, led by Dr. Daniel Herwartz, will present these findings at the June 8-13, 2014 Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Sacramento California.

Science is a great tool for good. Join Catholic Online in support of the Pro-Life Ultrasound Project.

Many scientists believe that the Moon formed after an impact between the Earth and a similar sized astronomical body, now dubbed Theia, but a lack of concrete evidence was leading some scientists to doubt that theory.

"It was getting to the stage where some people were suggesting that the collision had not taken place," he said in an interview with the BBC.

"But we have no discovered small differences between the Earth and the Moon. This confirms the giant impact hypothesis."

The original theory used measurements of the level of oxygen, titanium, silicon and other isotopes from meteorites, and suggested that the Moon was primarily made up from material from Theia. Herwartz and his team used more refined techniques from samples taken by NASA during the Apollo missions, and his findings suggest the Moon may be composed of up to 50% material from Earth, though he notes, this will need to be confirmed.

Dr. Mahesh Anand from The Open University said that even though the research is "exciting," the scientific community must be cautious.

"We have to be cautious about representativeness of these rocks of the entire Moon, and so further analysis of a variety of lunar rocks is required for further confirmation," he said.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2017
Young People.
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.


Comments


More Technology

Scientists discover hobbits are real, but they're not related to us Watch

Image of A hobbit man compared to a modern human.

A diminutive species of hominid, known as a "hobbit" lived in Indonesia some two to 1.5 million years ago.  New research suggests they ... continue reading


Scientists think they know where MH370 REALLY is based on new research Watch

Image of Scientists testing the flaperon discovered it floats uniquely, changing the results of their tests.

Scientists are hopeful the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 will be renewed following tests that show the plane is likely in a new, ... continue reading


So an asteroid is going to hit Earth. Here's how you are likely to die Watch

Image of Will humanity survive the next big impact?

In the 1990s, it was a staple of science fiction. A giant asteroid is headed toward Earth to destroy the planet. Few are likely to survive ... continue reading


What will World War 3 look like? How do I survive it? Watch

Image of What will World War 3 look like, and how do we prepare?

With global tensions reaching new heights, talk about World War 3 has surged. Search traffic for the term is spiking. Preppers are buying ... continue reading


NSA hacking tools now available for anyone to use, is your computer vulnerable? Watch

Image of Hackers now have the tools to exploit 65 percent of the world's computers.

The majority of the world's computers are vulnerable to NSA hacking, according to a hacktivist collective that has just released another ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.