04 Aug '11, 12am

Earth had two moons? Astronomers think so.

Earth had two moons? Astronomers think so.

This diagram provided by Martin Jutzi and Erik Asphaug, University of California, Santa Cruz via Nature shows a simulation of four stages of a collision between the Moon and a companion moon, four percent of the lunar mass, about 4 billion years ago. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON - IN A spectacle that might have beguiled poets, lovers and songwriters if only they had been around to see it, Earth once had two moons, astronomers now think. But the smaller one smashed into the other in what is being called the 'big splat'. The result: Our planet was left with a single bulked-up and ever-so-slightly lopsided moon. The astronomers came up with the scenario to explain why the moon's far side is so much more hilly than the one that is always facing Earth. The theory, outlined on Wednesday in the journal Nature, comes complete with computer model runs showing how it might have happened ...

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