Solar System

Our Moon Might Be Made Up Of Many Smaller Moons

Excited for the August 21 eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event. The Curiosity team will be viewing the eclipse alongside NASA in Carbondale, Illinois. Follow us on Facebook for live videos, trivia, and interviews on the big day.

How did our moon form? The prevailing theory goes something like this: baby Earth collided with a Mars-sized protoplanet called Theia. The debris from the collision then went on to form the moon. There are some issues with this theory, though, which open the door to a completely different hypothesis. Watch the video below to learn about it.

Is there something you're curious about? Email us at editors (at) curiosity.com. And follow Curiosity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Our Moon Might Be Made Up Of Many Smaller Moons

The chemistry doesn't add up to support the prevailing theory.

How Did The Moon Form?

Fraser Cain reviews the different hypotheses behind how the moon came to be.

Share the knowledge!

If you liked this you'll love our podcast! Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, search 'curiosity' on your favorite podcast app or add the RSS Feed URL.

Advertisement