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How Moon Made ? Earth Origin | Article 6

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Moons have come to exist around most planets and many other solar system bodies. These natural satellites originated by one of three possible mechanisms.
  • Co-formation from a circumplanetary disc.
  • Formation from impact debris.
  • Capture of a passing object.

Colaps Between Earth And Moon
Colaps Between Earth And Moon

Jupiter and Saturn have several large moons, such as lo, Europa, Ganymede and Titan, which may have originated from discs around each gaint planet in much the same way that the planets formed from the docs around the sun. This origin is indicated by the large sizes of the moons and their proximity to the planet. These attributes are impossible to achieve via capture, while the gaseous nature of primaries also make formation from collision debris unlikely. The outer moons of the giant planets tend to be small and have eccentric orbits with arbitrary inclinations. These are the characteristics expected of captured bodies. Most such moons orbit in the direction opposite the rotation of their primary. The largest irregular moon is Neptune's moon Triton, which is thought to be a captured kuiper belt object.

How Moon Made
How Moon Made
Moons of solid solar system bodies have been created by both collisions and capture. Mar's two small moons, Deimos and Phobos, are thought to be captured asteroids. The Earth's moon is thought to have formed as a result of single, large head-on collision. The impacting object probably has a mass comparable to that of Mars, and the impact probably occurred near the end of the period of giant impacts. The collision kicked into orbit some of the impactor's mantle, which then coalesced into the moon. The impact was probably the last in the series of mergers that formed the earth. It has been further hypothesized that the Mars sized object may have formed at one of the stable Earth-Sun Lagrangian points and drifted from it's position. The Moons of trans-Neptunian objects Pluto and Orcus may also have formed by means of a large collision. The Pluto-charon, Orcus-Vanth and Earth-Moon systems are unusual in the solar system in that the satellite's Mars in at least 1% that of the larger body.

Moon—Ring System 

The revolution of moon systems is driven by tidal forces. Moon will raise a tidal bulgein the object its orbits due to the differential gravitational force across diameter of the primary. If a moon is revolving in the same direction as the planet's rotation and the planet is rotating faster than the orbital period of the Moon, the bulge will constantly be pulled ahead of the Moon. In this situation, angular momentum is transferred from the rotation of the primary to the revolution of the satellite.the moon gains energy and gradually spirals outward, while the primary rotates more slowly over time.

The earth and its moon are one example of this configuration. Today, the moon is tidally locked to the earth;one of its revolutions around the earth is equal to one of its rotation about it's axis, so it always shows one face to the earth. The moon will continue to who recede from Earth, and Earth spin will continue to slow gradually. Other example are the galilean moons of Jupiter and most of the largest moons of Saturn.

A different scenario occurs when the moon is either revolving around the the primary faster than the primary rotates, or is revolving in the direction opposite the planets these cases, the tidal bulge legs behind the moon in its orbit. In the formar case, the direction of angular momentum transfer is reversed, so the rotation of the primary speeds up while the satellite's orbit shrinks. In the latter case, the angular momentum of the rotation and revolution have apposite signs, So the transfer leads to decreases in the magnitude of each. In both cases, tidal declaration causes the moon to spiral in towards the primary until it either is torn apart by tidal stresses, potentially creating a planetary ring system, or crashes into the planet's surface or atmosphere. Such a fait awaits the moons Phobos of Mars, Triton of Neptune, and at least 16 small satellites of Uranus and Neptune. Uranus's Desdemona main even collide with one of its neighbouring moons.

Third possibility is where the primary and moon are tidally locked each other. In that case, the tidal bulge stays directly under the moon, there is no transfer of angular momentum, and the orbital period will not change. Pluto and charon example of this type of configuration.

There is no consensus as to the mechanism of formation of the rings of Saturn. Although theoretical models indicated that the ring war likely to have formed early in the solar system's history, data from the cassini-huygens spacecraft suggests they formed relativity late.

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