Date: November 5th, 2012
Title: A New Spin on the Moon’s Formation
Podcaster: Nancy Atkinson and Dr. Sarah Stewart
Organization: NASA Lunar Science Institute
Music: “Amelia” by Ben Bedford from his “Land of the Shadows” CD.
Description: How did our Moon form? It has long been theorized that Earth’s Moon was formed from a catastrophic collision about 4.5 billion years ago between the early Earth and another planet-sized body. But new research puts a different spin on that theory, and provides more details of what may have been taking place both before and after the big impact. Sarah Stewart from Harvard University is a co-author of a new study on the how the Moon may have formed.
Bio: Sarah T. Stewart is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. Sarah’s research focuses on the formation and evolution of planetary bodies. Her primary techniques are shock wave experiments and numerical simulations of planetary collisions.
Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and is the Senior Editor for Universe Today.
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