The mystery of the moon’s formation is one that has captivated scientists for as long as human beings have been able to contemplate the stars. Previously, the most viable theory suggested that the Earth and a hypothetical planet; named “Thea,” collided at some point in the very distant past. When the collision occurred, tons of debris was ejected into space, which coalesced into the moon we still see hanging resolutely in the night sky.

This infograpic uses stunning images to show how a bit of dirt and rock came to be our moon.

For a larger image, click here

Image via

Share This Article