Recent research has revealed mind-bending links between our planet and its faithful natural companion.
A new scientific study looks into the possibility that Earth’s Moon could actually be a mini-sized Earth.
According to accepted theories on the moon’s formation, it is believed that a Mars-sized body collided against a young Earth, billions of years ago.
As the impact took place, materials flew in all directions until they combined and formed a disk around the young Earth. Eventually, this disk condensed and became the moon we see today.
But now, a new study from planetary scientist Kevin Righter of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division (ARES) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston tells us that Earth’s moon may be more like our planet’s mini version.
Righter argues that the moon may not be a combination of the young Earth and the object that impacted it, but a miniature version of Earth itself.
Planetary scientists argue that the Earth and the moon may seem different from each other because some of the elements discovered in our planet may not have had the ability to condense on the moon, and have remained in their gaseous phase.
“Researchers have analyzed small subsets of these elements in the past, but this is the first time that all 14 elements were modeled together to analyze the Earth-Moon system,” Righter explained.
According to Righter’s theory, elements such as tin, zinc, indium, cadmium, and thulium may be found in lower concentrations on the mantle of the Moon since they never re-condensed following the impact.