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Origin of the Moon

@inproceedings{Canup2016OriginOT,
  title={Origin of the Moon},
  author={Robin M. Canup and Kevin Righter and Nicolas Dauphas and Kaveh Pahlevan and Matija {\'C}uk and Simon J. Lock and Sarah T. Stewart and Julien J. Salmon and Raluca Rufu and Miki Nakajima and T. Magna},
  year={2016}
}
The Earth-Moon system is unusual in several respects. The Moon is roughly 1/4 the radius of the Earth - a larger satellite-to-planet size ratio than all known satellites other than Pluto's Charon. The Moon has a tiny core, perhaps with only ~1% of its mass, in contrast to Earth whose core contains nearly 30% of its mass. The Earth-Moon system has a high total angular momentum, implying a rapidly spinning Earth when the Moon formed. In addition, the early Moon was hot and at least partially… 

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