Oct 16, 2022

The Moon has been trying to escape Earth for aeons, new research suggests

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If we take the Moon’s current rate of recession and project it back in time, we end up with a collision between the Earth and the Moon around 1.5 billion years ago. However, the Moon was formed around 4.5 billion years ago, meaning that the current recession rate is a poor guide for the past.

Along with our fellow researchers from Utrecht University and the University of Geneva, we have been using a combination of techniques to try and gain information on our solar system’s distant past.

We recently discovered the perfect place to uncover the long-term history of our receding Moon. And it’s not from studying the Moon itself, but from reading signals in ancient layers of rock on Earth.


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  1. hunterson7 says:

    Interesting. From what are you safeguarding humanity?