Posts Tagged ‘moon’
Researchers are now suggesting that the moon may have formed during a nuclear explosion within the mantel of the Earth. In scientific terms it sounds rather dry, but if we put this concept into a mythological format, it might sound something like “In the beginning, the Earth was alone and later the Earth gave birth to the moon.”
While the most popular theory for moon formation is that it was formed after the Earth endured a massive impact from an object in space, a new theory, which is really a much older and long-ignored theory, has now come into light: the fission hypothesis.
The impact hypothesis is not without its complications. According to simulations, the moon should be made of 20 percent Earth and the remainder should be impactor material, but this is not the case. Isotope ratios of heavy elements and light have discovered that moon rocks are literally identical to Earth material. A nuclear explosion however, can better explain the commonalities between Earth material and moon material; the fission hypothesis, an idea that is over a century old and that was set forth by the son of Charles Darwin in the late 1870s, suggests that the earth and moon were first a rapidly spinning molten rock mass, that somehow the moon became dislodged, and the result is a planetary body that orbits the earth today.
The reason that the long time theory remained ignored is because a key element was missing; the answer to the question, “what dislodged the moon from its “gravitational embrace” with the earth?” According to Rob de Mijer from the University of the Western Cape and Wim van Westrenen from VU University in Amsterdam, as the earth and the moon spun around, the centrifugal forces would have concentrated elements like uranium and thorium on the equatorial plane and at the core-mantle boundary of the Earth. With high concentrations of radioactive elements, it could have produced a nuclear chain reaction that ultimately exploded; the molten mass that would eventually become the moon dislodged from the “gravitational embrace” as a result.
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