Formation of the Moon - V2Image cropped - click to view
Stages in the formation of the Earth-Moon system. The Earth had recently formed (4600 million years ago) when it was struck by a large protoplanet, sometimes dubbed Theia, roughly three times the mass of Mars. Theia and Earth were completely obliterated by the oblique impact, which created a donut-shaped cloud of molten rock and gas called a synestia. In time the centre of this coalesced to form the new Earth, while the remaining debris formed the Moon, at a distance roughly one-tenth of where it is today.
Title: Formation of the Moon - V2
Date: 15 Oct 2023
Medium: Blender, Photoshop
Client: Solar System, Infographics
Keywords: Adobe Photoshop, astronomy, birth, Blender 3D, collide, collision, debris, formation, gibbous phase, impact, molten, natural satellite, planet Earth, sequence, Solar System, synestia, Theia, the Moon