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The Moon is older than Earth and was born in a hellish fiery whirlpool, scientists claim

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The Moon is older than Earth and was born in a hellish fiery whirlpool, scientists claim
The Moon could be our planet’s older sibling (Photo: Reuters)

It’s generally believed that our Moon came into being when a planet the size of Mars smashed into Earth.

But now a top scientist has just offered a striking new theory about the birth of humanity’s natural satellite which overturns this long-standing hypothesis.

A new study has suggested the moon was actually created before our planet and is slightly older than Earth.

If this theory is correct, it could force us to rethink our entire understanding of the history of Earth’s genesis.

‘The commonly accepted theory as to how the Moon was formed is that a Mars sized body collided with the proto-Earth and spun material into orbit,” said Simon Lock, a graduate student in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

‘That mass settled into a disk and later accreted [came together] to form the moon. The body that was left after the impact was the Earth. This has been the canonical model for about 20 years.’

The Moon is older than Earth and was born in a hellish fiery whirlpool, scientists claim
The moon could be a lot older than we thought (Picture: EPA)

He believes the Moon was created from a huge doughnut-shaped cloud of vaporized rock called a synestia, which resembled a terrifying fiery whirlpool hot enough to burn a human to a crisp in an instant.

This formed after a mysterious collision way back in the mists of time, Lock calculated.

A gigantic superheated doughnut of liquid and vaporised rock then formed after this cosmic carve up, which eventually settled to become the Earth and Moon.

First a ‘seed’ formed, which is a small amount of liquid that gathered at the centre of the doughnut.

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As this gigantic structure cooled down, vaporised rock then ‘rained’ onto this seed and begun to form the moon.

‘The rate of rain fall was about ten times that of a hurricane on Earth,’ Lock said.

‘Over time, the whole structure shrinks, and the Moon emerges from the vapor. Eventually, the whole synestia condenses and what’s left is a ball of spinning liquid rock that eventually forms the Earth as we know it today.’

In a statement, Lock’s university said ‘the whole process happened remarkably fast’ with the Moon emerging from the synestia in a few decades and the Earth coming into existence some 1,000 years later.

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