A Prograde Gravitational Capture Model for the Origin and Evolution of the Earth-Moon System



The origin of the Moon is one of the outstanding unsolved problems in the natural sciences. Cursory examination of college-level textbooks in the Earth and Planetary Sciences leaves one with the impression that the Moon is simply a “night lantern” and that the moon effects the Earth in only minor ways, such as controlling the tidal waters on the planet.


Tidal Amplitude Close Encounter Earth Radius Successful Capture Magma Ocean 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geosciences DepartmentDenison UniversityGranvilleUSA

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