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.