Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Astroboffins conclude Moon was formed by primordial impact with another planet!

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes
Earth collided with another planet to form the Moon, latest evidence shows.

Scientists think they have confirmed an important hypothesis regarding the formation of the Moon. Scientists say they now have evidence that boosts the notion that Earth was struck by another planet during its formation, creating the Moon.

Free Online Catholic Classes for Anyone, Anywhere - Click Here

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/3/2014 (6 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Earth, Moon, formation, mystery, model, science

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The solar system was formed about 4.6 billion years ago, about this timeframe there is no scientific dispute. However, evidence suggests the Moon is slightly younger than the Earth, by at least a few hundred million years. This discrepancy has been popularly resolved by the notion that a second planet collided with Earth as Earth was forming and with hundreds of millions of years for a timeframe, this is entirely possible.

However, this has been difficult to simulate in models. Scientists have needed more evidence to confirm they hypothesis.

French scientists working at the Observatory de la Cote d'Azur, Nice, France built a new model which uses dating of the Earth and a measurement of the mass added to Earth as a result of the primordial impact.

Measurements of the interior of the Earth have provided the vital, final clues to show that the impact theory is the most correct. The model accurately accounts for the formation of the moon as late as 100 million years after the formation of the solar system.

The hypothesis, known as the Giant Impact Hypothesis, says that a planet the size of Mars struck the Earth millions of years after Earth formed. That impact cast material back into space, but most of it coalesced into a new Earth and what would become the Moon.

Chemical analysis of both the Earth and Moon have long suggested a common origin for the two bodies.

The conclusion is that the Moon formed around 100 million years after the Earth.

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Stations Of The Cross Rosary BOGO 50% OFF

Never Miss any Updates!

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

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2021 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 2021 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!