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ERIC Number: EJ1033048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Simulating the Phases of the Moon Shortly after Its Formation
Noordeh, Emil; Hall, Patrick; Cuk, Matija
Physics Teacher, v52 n4 p239-240 Apr 2014
The leading theory for the origin of the Moon is the giant impact hypothesis, in which the Moon was formed out of the debris left over from the collision of a Mars sized body with the Earth. Soon after its formation, the orbit of the Moon may have been very different than it is today. We have simulated the phases of the Moon in a model for its formation wherein the Moon develops a highly elliptical orbit with its major axis tangential to the Earth's orbit. This note describes these simulations and their pedagogical value.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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