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New Israeli research sheds light on the moon’s origins

Study, published in Nature, proposes that the moon was formed as a result of a collision of the Earth and a major celestial body called Theia.

The question of how the moon was created has occupied generations of researchers who study the origins of the solar system. The accepted theory has been that it was formed around the time of the creation of the Earth, about four and a half billion years ago, as part of the creation of our entire solar system. How that happened, however, has not been fully explained, and new research, conducted by Israeli scientists and a researcher in France, has shed new light on the creation of the moon.

The study, results from which appeared over the weekend in the publication “Nature,” was conducted by Asst. Prof. Hagai Perets and post-doctoral student Alessandra Mastrobuono-Battisti of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, in cooperation with Dr. Sean Raymond of the University of Bordeaux.

It proposes that the moon was formed as a result of a collision of the Earth and a major celestial body called Theia, which in turn was apparently created through a process similar to that which resulted in the Earth’s formation and therefore had a similar chemical composition.

Source: Haaretz

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