Ep 65: Our big, beautiful moon



Our big, beautiful moon

According to the rare Earth hypothesis, see episode 59, a large moon is needed for the development of complex life. Our moon isn’t the biggest moon in our solar system; but the moons that are bigger are orbiting much larger planets. Our moon is the largest as a percentage of the planet it orbits. Measured in that way, no other moon comes close. So how rare is such a large moon? Where did our big beautiful moon even come from?

Here are some articles about our moon and where it may have come from.

Where did the Moon come from?

Giant Moon-Forming Impact On Early Earth May Have Spawned Magma Ocean

New Moon-Formation Theory Also Raises Questions About Early Earth


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