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» New Hypothesis: the Moon Formed When Earth Was Vaporized
This idea rests on a hypothetical doughnut-shaped formation called a synestia.

A new idea seriously proposed by scientists suggests that about 4.5 billion years ago the Earth had the shape of a doughnut made of molten rock, with the moon occupying the “doughnut hole.” A shape like this is called a synestia and, according to the scientists, could be the “best explanation” they so far have for the moon’s formation.

“The new work explains features of the moon that are hard to resolve with current ideas,” said study author Sarah Stewart, a professor of Earth and planetary sciences at the U. of California, Davis. “The moon is chemically almost the same as the Earth, but with some differences. This is the first model that can match the pattern of the Moon's composition.”

Stewart and Simon Lock, a Harvard graduate student, first described a synestia in a paper published last year. A synestia may form when two planet-sized objects collide, an event that results in a cloud of extremely hot vapor. The resulting planetary debris could spin fast enough to create a disc of molten vapor, indented in the center, eventually forming a gigantic doughnut shape much wider than Saturn’s rings. As the “doughnut” loses heat, it condenses into a solid by combining bits of material from both the original planet and the one with which it collided.

Stewart and Lock believe this is what happened to Earth not long after its birth some “4.5 billion” years ago after it was struck by a Mars-size rock called Theia. The scientists say the moon formed inside the vaporized Earth at temperatures of 4,000 to 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit with pressures much higher than what Earth today experiences. As the synestia cooled, vaporized rock at its outer edges condensed into droplets which fell inward. The falling droplets gathered more and more vapor to eventually form a series of moonlets and finally the moon itself. While the synestia continued to cool and condense, the moon in time escaped the cloud but remained in the Earth’s orbit.
These scientists claim this model explains why the composition of the moon is similar to Earth’s while not being exactly the same. However, there is a caveat to this explanation: nobody has ever seen a synestia, although astronomers hope one day to spot one forming in an alien solar system.

Comment: One must credit secular scientists for their ingenuity. Almost every problem facing mainstream science on the subject of origins can be addressed with some new inventive theory or hypothesis. The problem this hypothesis tries to address is why the moon has the composition that it has and how the moon came to be.

Don’t be surprised if this new idea is soon disproved. (The scientists admit nobody has ever seen a synestia.) One of the goals of the Apollo moon missions was to discover which of various moon formation theories at that time was most likely to be correct. Eventually, all the ideas were discarded.

The moon’s origin and composition is just one problem secularists are trying to solve. Another is why the moon appears to be so well-designed for life on Earth. We know it was created to provide light on Earth during the night, a blessing made more helpful because of its size, far larger in comparison to the size of its planet than any other satellite in the solar system. The phases of the moon also help us to make calendars. In addition, the moon is the main reason why we have tides. Tides are vital for life on Earth because they cleanse the ocean’s shorelines, help keep the ocean currents circulating, thus preventing the ocean from stagnating, and even prove useful for creating electricity.

We may not often think of thanking God for the moon, but it is just one of countless blessings He has bestowed on us. The psalmist reminds us of some of God’s blessings in nature: “You visit the earth and water it. You make it very rich. God’s stream is filled with water. You provide grain for them, just as you planned. You drench the land’s furrows. You flatten its plowed ground. You soften it with showers. You bless its crops” (Psalm 65:9-10, EHV).

But, of course, God’s greatest blessing is spiritual, the forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3, EHV).

Reference: Brandon Specktor, “Earth Was Vaporized 4.5 Billion Years Ago, and (Maybe) That's Why We Have a Moon,” Live Science [February 28, 2018].


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Which planets have no moons, and which planet has the most?

Mercury and Venus have no moons. Jupiter with 69 has the most, just ahead of Saturn which has 62.

Source: en.wikipedia/wiki/List_of_natural_satellites


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Decades ago I attended a so-called Lutheran university where I could have lost my faith. The science professors promoted the theory of evolution and made fun of anybody who believed in the account of creation as presented in the book of Genesis. Thanks be to God, some creationist literature and the Bible soon helped get me back on the right track. Ever since then I have taken an active interest in the creation/evolution controversy.

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