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CLIP 9929

Where did the moon come from?

Where did the moon come from?
Key Info
  • Where did the moon come from?
  • Duration: 04:16
  • An outline of the proposed theory for the origin of the moon. In the 1970s, it was proposed that the moon had been formed from a collision between the Earth and another body the size of Mars. The debris from the collision coalesced to form the moon. Other scientists were initially sceptical but most now support the idea. Published as part of the Solar System website Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Solar System

  • Keywords: moon, collision, outerspace
Ideas for use in class
  • To illustrate the likely origin of the moon (giant collision hypothesis).
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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