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Violent formation of the moon: New view

This artist's rendering shows the collision of two planetary bodies.

Within the first 150 million years after our solar system formed, a giant body roughly the size of Mars struck and merged with Earth, blasting a huge cloud of rock and debris into space. This cloud would eventually coalesce and form the moon. For almost 30 years, planetary scientists have ...

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