New simulations suggest the moon is made of around 20 mini-moons, or moonlets. Israeli researchers are opposing the predominate theory of one massive impact from a Mars sized object called Theia (Theia was a greek Titaness whose also went by Euryphaessa meaning “wide-shining”) about 4.31 billion years ago. Instead, they suggest several smaller impacts created earth debris, and moonlets, and which were later fused together by gravitational forces.
Did these smaller impacts effect the earths rotation or position in solar system? What effect did this have on early geology?
Could we examine moon soil for a better look at Gaia’s (early earth) composition?
Could there be a surviving record of space stuff, or impact craters to support this…
I don’t know, but the idea of the earth spinning with several small moons is pleasant. And moonlet is great word.