Origin of the Moon-The Collision Hypothesis

@article{Stevenson1987OriginOT,
  title={Origin of the Moon-The Collision Hypothesis},
  author={David J. Stevenson},
  journal={Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences},
  year={1987},
  volume={15},
  pages={271-315}
}
  • D. Stevenson
  • Published 1987
  • Physics
  • 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… 

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