Space

Evolution of the Moon

By Ted Bonnitt on March 31st, 2012
Evolution of the Moon
The moon has taken its share of cosmic hits.
The moon has taken its share of cosmic hits.

The moon formed over 4 billion years ago.  Now, you can see how it has changed ever since its creation in less than three minutes.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LMO) has gathered new data, developing a clearer understanding of how the moon has evolved. 

The moon has endured a violent history.  Our closest celestial neighbor has been continuously bombarded by space rocks, forming the familiar, crater-pocked face that we observe today. 

NASA released a video montage recreating the evolving moon this week, and it is extraordinarily popular.  The YouTube posting has been viewed nearly two million times.

See the moon's multi-billion year evolution, as postulated by NASA, in under three minutes.

 

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