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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.

Scientists advance theory that the Moon is made of many smaller moonlets

Scientists advance theory that the Moon is made of many smaller moonlets But every good theory advances us closer to the much-sought-after point where our predictions and our observations agree.The latest, which is still open for debate: the Moon may have coalesced out of many smaller moonlets produced by many smaller impacts.