Simulating the Phases of the Moon Shortly After Its Formation

  title={Simulating the Phases of the Moon Shortly After Its Formation},
  author={E. Noordeh and P. Hall and M. {\'C}uk},
  journal={The Physics Teacher},
The leading theory for the origin of the Moon is the giant impact hypothesis, in which the Moon was formed out of the debris left over from the collision of a Marssized body with the Earth.1 Soon after its formation, the orbit of the Moon may have been very different than it is today. We have simulated the phases of the Moon in a model for its formation wherein the Moon develops a highly elliptical orbit with its major axis tangential to the Earth's orbit. This note describes these simulations… Expand
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