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How the Moon was Created is a longstanding puzzle. Astronomers believe the Moon formed in a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized protoplanet named Theia. But this model has several problems. New models show the Moon was formed in a synestia – a giant cloud of molten rock vapor after the proto-Earth was blasted apart in a giant impact.
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Lock, Stewart 2017 – The structure of terrestrial bodies: Impact heating, corotation limits and synestias
R. Canup 2012 – Forming a Moon with an Earth-like composition via a Giant Impact
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