The Tale of the Moon and the Earth

The Tale of the Moon and the Earth

The Moon has kept the Earth at a stable orbital tilt for millions of years, preventing dramatic climate cycles and keeping the Earth habitable. But do we fully understand how it formed? Today’s bite provides clues as to how we ended up with our trusted companion.

In the beginning was Theia

In the beginning was Theia

The Giant Impact Hypothesis is the most widely accepted theory for the creation of the Moon; the authors here investigate possible configurations of the early Solar System to produce the right conditions for impact between Earth and the doomed proto-planet Theia.