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Giant impact could have formed the Moon more rapidly, scientists reveal in new simulations


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Scientists from Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology used the most detailed supercomputer simulations yet to reveal an alternative explanation for the Moon's origin, with a giant impact immediately placing a Moon-like body into orbit around Earth.

The researchers simulated hundreds of different impacts, varying the angle and speed of the collision as well as the masses and spins of the two colliding bodies in their search for scenarios that could explain the present-day Earth-Moon system. These calculations were performed using the SWIFT open-source simulation code, run on the DiRAC Memory Intensive service ("COSMA"), hosted by Durham University on behalf of the DiRAC High-Performance Computing facility.

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-giant-impact-moon-rapidly-scientists.html

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2022/pdf/1724.pdf

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