Scientists decided to re-test the known hypothesis of the moon’s origin

Scientists decided to re-test the known hypothesis of the moon's origin

The conclusions are not conclusive evidence of the origin of the Earth satellite.

British scientists believe that the moon could have formed about 4.5 billion years ago as a result of Earth’s collision with the hypothetical planet Thaya. This was reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Thaya – a hypothetical planet, formed 4.6 billion years ago, like other planets of the solar system, which could have a similar size to Mars. It is named after Thea, one of the titanid sisters in ancient Greek mythology, the mother of Helios, Eos and Selene (goddess of the moon).

It is noted that interest in impact theory has increased due to the recent discovery of oxygen isotope inhomogeneity in lunar samples.

Specialists have simulated the supposed collision between Proto-Earth and Thea and studied the effect of different speeds of the hypothetical planet’s rotation on the impact forming the Moon.

It is stressed that the conclusions are not the final proof of the origin of the Moon, but they are an important step in understanding how a satellite of the Earth could have formed.