Moon is the only and most noticeable natural satellite of the Earth, and since millennia, we have kept on believing on this statement. But do you know, once upon a time, Earth used to have nearly two dozen moonlet, by the merge of which, the moon has built up. Well, this new revolutionary theory has brought up by a team of Israeli scientists, which claimed Moon not to be a single object, rather is an amalgam of multiple moonlets.
The new enlightenment, published in the academic journal ‘Nature Geoscience’, this week has advocated that the moon, that we used to see in the skies of the earth isn’t a single mass of rock but a blend of almost two dozen “moonlets”. The research also suggested that the currently found one piece moon was configured during a solid barrage of several smaller celestial bodies on earth, which dates back multiple billion years.
The new theory has raised multiple points of question over the “giant impact model,” which, up till now, believed to be the only solid details about the existence and formation of the moon. That theory suggests that the formation of the moon took place throughout a sole, aggressive crash between Earth and a theoretical protoplanet, named as ‘Theia’. The collision of Theia sideswiped the earth around 4.4 billion years ago, thinning out celestial garbage that ultimately coalesced into the moon. Later, the object floated away from earth and started orbiting the Earth.
However, the new theory has shaken up the global astronomical community, as it is heading towards proving the existing theory of moon formation wrong. As per the new proposed hypothesis, the configuration of the moon took place due to the heavy shower of extraterrestrial objects on earth. The estimated number of moonlets was around 20, and the steady bombardment of these objects triggered the configuration of Moon.
The new also explained the current migration of the moon, which suggested it to moving back, at a speed of nearly 4 centimeters per year. According to the researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science, the scientists, during the study, tested its state of affairs by running about 800 crash reproductions on the institute’s Chemfarm cluster, which holds more than 5,000 processor cores.