Space

How did the "Man in the Moon" come to be?

By Aazam

October 16, 2022

Asteroid impact craters and volcanic eruptions gave the moon its characteristic appearance over billions of years

These eruptions filled lunar craters with dark volcanic rock, giving the moon its "facial" features

Due to the moon's lack of an atmosphere and plate tectonics, its old geological features have survived for millennia

A Mars-size protoplanet named Theia hit the young Earth around 4.4 billion years ago, tearing off a big glob of our planet that became the moon

According to Curtin University PhD student John Fairweather, the moon began to change

According to ETH Zurich, a Swiss institution, unstable orbits for the early solar system's planets and space pebbles caused gravity to throw particles everywhere

Fairweather said moon volcanoes erupted between 4.1 billion and 3 billion years ago, when it was young and unpredictable

Earth's atmosphere and plate tectonics change its appearance more than its interesting geological features

While Earth has fascinating geological surface features, its atmosphere and plate tectonics change its appearance the most over time