Origin of the Moon-The Collision Hypothesis

@article{Stevenson1987OriginOT,
  title={Origin of the Moon-The Collision Hypothesis},
  author={D. Stevenson},
  journal={Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences},
  year={1987},
  volume={15},
  pages={271-315}
}
  • D. Stevenson
  • Published 1987
  • Geology
  • Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • In 1871, during his presidential address to the British Association in Edinburgh, Sir William Thompson (later Lord Kelvin) discussed the impact of two Earth-like bodies, asserting that "when two great masses come into collision in space, it is certain that a large part of each is melted" [see Arrhenius (1908, p. 218) for the complete quotation]. Although he did not go on to speculate about lunar origin, it must have been remarkable to see one of the creators of the bastions of nineteenth… CONTINUE READING
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