Eater of satellites: scientists have proposed a creepy theory of the origin of the moon (VIDEO)

Where did the moon come from? The most popular theory now says that it appeared as a result of a collision of the Earth with another planet at the very beginning of the history of the solar system.

However, recent research shows a slightly different picture, and also suggests that the moon is actually made up of several celestial bodies.

So, the most popular version of the formation of the Moon says that it appeared after the collision of the Earth with some other planet.

The debris rose into space and eventually collected in the moon. The theory is also supported by the chemical analysis of samples of lunar soil, which is not much different from the earth’s rock.

But there is only a problem: in all lunar samples there is not even a trace of another planetoid, which, in theory, crashed into the Earth. But if the satellite appeared as a result of the collision of two large bodies, then the debris of the second must also be somewhere. And they are not.

In 2017, scientists from the Weizmann Institute proposed a different theory: there were not one collisions, but several, but not so large-scale. And at first there were several satellites.

According to the hypothesis, multiple collisions with smaller asteroids, stretching for millions of years, lifted up enough debris to form several small satellites, which eventually merged into one large one, and in the process this large one continued to swallow small ones until only one remained.

The researchers argue that their hypothesis is more consistent with the findings, well, or lack thereof.

On the one hand, this theory does seem to be more plausible than the existing paradigm. For one planetoid to form a moon the size of ours, it had to be of a certain size and collide with the Earth at a certain speed and at a certain angle. Too much certainty. The multiple collision theory does not need this precision.

It’s just that it’s quite difficult to prove a theory using data that doesn’t exist. The best proof of the theory of multiple collisions is the absence of traces of another body in the lunar soil, but this is still rather unconvincing. So while the riddle remains not fully solved

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