Moon Strike

Lunar Origin Causes "Philosophical Disquiet"

A fixture in the night sky for billions of years, the moon has captivated humanity through the ages with its magical charm. Its mysterious, romantic qualities have inspired prose, song, and reflection. But in recent years, as scientific findings concerning its origin have been advanced, the moon has also generated philosophical disquiet.

Our moon is like no other. The ratio of its mass compared to the mass of its host planet (the earth) is about fifty times greater than the next-closest known ratio of moon mass to host-planet mass. In addition, our moon orbits the earth more closely than any other known large moon orbits its host planet.

Dynamical models dating back to my graduate school days...

 

is an astrophysicist and the founder and president of the science-faith think tank Reasons to Believe (RTB).

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #29, Summer 2014 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo29/moon-strike

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