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The giant impact that created the Moon also seeded Earth with life-giving carbon

The giant impact that created the Moon also seeded Earth with life-giving carbon The story goes like this: About four and a half billion years ago, the Earth first settled together into a planet.According to the giant impact hypothesis, that massive body was Theia, and the impact sent a bolus of mashed-together molten planet sloshing into space, where it coalesced into the Moon.

Gaia, Theia, and a starving black hole: this week in space

Gaia, Theia, and a starving black hole: this week in space The good folks at the ESO found a black hole they think is “starving.” Debris falling into a black hole heats up enough to glow as it’s pulled in faster and faster.