Hi everyone, a little later than expected this week but here we are again. This week I want to talk about something that, for us as stargazers, is a little annoying at times. However, for me it fascinates me. Taking pictures and observing the Moon is one aspect of stargazing I love, although it can blight the starriest of dark skies. So today we focus on the Moon and the new theories carrying real traction as to its formation.
Firstly lets look at the old theory. In Earths early formation years a Mars sized planet called Theia collided with Earth in a glancing blow and the resulting debris formed a disc that eventually clumped together caught in the gravity of the earth to form the moon.
However, new theories seem to be able to explain more of the questions about the moon than we thought possible. Like why the Earth and the Moon have such similar chemical compositions if they were two different planets? Surely the moons should have the oxygen thumb print that every planet has of mostly Theia?
“The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.”
― Carl Sandburg
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