New theory suggests how the Moon may have really been formed

By: Josh King, Buzz60

An old theory about how Earth's moon was formed is getting a second look.

Israeli scientists believe that multiple collisions to an early Earth occurred, making a bunch of mini moons which eventually merged together.

This theory contradicts the more widely held belief that one large impact knocked a chunk of Earth into space creating our moon.

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel say their ..."model suggests that the ancient Earth once hosted a series of moons, each one formed from a different collision with the proto-Earth."

But even they agree that the concept of these moons merging by crossing orbits and colliding still requires more work.

Gareth Collin's, a scientists at London's Imperial College says that not all of these mini-moons would have merged successfully, requiring a larger number of impacts to have occurred than previously thought.

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According to a statement from NASA, the next time super moon will be this close will be on 25 November 2034. (Photo by Soner Kilinc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

November: Beaver Moon, Frost Moon

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December: Cold Moon, Long Night's Moon

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January: Wolf Moon, Old Moon

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February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon

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March: Worm Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon

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April: Pink Moon, Grass Moon, Fish Moon

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May: Flower Moon, Planting Moon

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June: Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon

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July: Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon

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August: Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon

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September: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon

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October: Hunter's Moon

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Bonus: A 'blue moon' happens when the moon rises in its full stage twice during the same month.

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