View Full Version : Pluto and Charon Could Have Formed Together

2005-Sep-10, 10:33 AM
SUMMARY: Many scientists feel that there's compelling evidence that the Moon formed when a Mars-sized planet smashed into the Earth, throwing out a hail of debris that eventually collected into our satellite. Now researchers from the Southwest Research Institute have developed a simulation that shows how Pluto and its moon Charon could have formed in a similar way. Two objects about 2,000 km across might have collided billions of years ago, producing Pluto, and smaller Charon orbiting it. Astronomers now believe that the early Solar System was a dynamic place, with collision after collision violently building up the planets.

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