Luna
01- The Stone Star
02- Miniature Earth
03- Lunar Features
04- Fission Theory
05- Capture / Co-accretion
06- Shoemaker's Ashes
07- Theia
08- Doomed Planet
09- Genesis Rocks
10- Green Glass
11- Volcanoes Of The Moon
12- Solar Wind
13- Terrestrial vs. Lunar
14- Earth Plume
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

05 - Capture / Co-accretion

 

 

By the 1930s more careful calculations of tidal effects had thrown Darwin's fission theory into doubt.

Two more theories arose: the 'capture theory', and the 'co-accretion theory'. According to the Capture Theory, the Moon was formed independently of Earth and subsequently captured by its gravity; while the Co-accretion Theory argued that the Moon and Earth had formed in tandem, from essentially the same raw materials.

By the 1950s, with the era of actual space travel nearing, there were so many theories emerging that there was little consensus amongst scientists about the Moon's origin.

   
Alan Lambert 2009