On the origin of Earth's Moon

  title={On the origin of Earth's Moon},
  author={Amy C. Barr},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets},
  pages={1573 - 1601}
  • A. Barr
  • Published 31 August 2016
  • Geology, Physics
  • Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets
The Giant Impact is currently accepted as the leading theory for the formation of Earth's Moon. Successful scenarios for lunar origin should be able to explain the chemical composition of the Moon (volatile content and stable isotope ratios), the Moon's initial thermal state, and the system's bulk physical and dynamical properties. Hydrocode simulations of the impact have long been able to match the bulk properties, but recent, more detailed work on the evolution of the protolunar disk has… 

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