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A mathematician and an astrophysicist at Princeton University have found more evidence for the supernatural design of the Moon for the benefit of advanced life. Their analysis greatly strengthens the plausibility of the Mars-sized impactor that led to the formation of the Moon. Theoreticians have been in agreement that a Mars-sized planet colliding with Earth early in its history is the only way that the Moon (with all of its life-supporting features) could form. However, they were mystified by how a Mars-sized planet could form in a manner that would permit it to make a low-velocity, relatively low-angle collision with Earth. The Princeton team demonstrated that such a planet indeed could form at one of the “Lagrange” points in Earth’s orbit and then slowly drift toward Earth as it interacts with remaining planetesimals in the solar system’s disk. In showing that such a planet could possibly form, the team also demonstrated that both the planet’s formation and its collision with Earth had to be fine-tuned to produce a Moon with all the features necessary to make advanced life on Earth possible.
- Edward Belbruno and J. Richard Gott III, “Where Did the Moon Come From?” Astronomical Journal 129 (2005): 1724-45.
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