A new animation by planetary scientist James O’Donoghue dramatically reveals how far the Moon has moved away from Earth in 4.5 billion years.
About 4.5 billion years ago, a planet the size of Mars, or more than one celestial body, hit our Earth, spreading many large and small parts of the earth into space. These pieces that fell into the orbit of the planet eventually came together to form the Earth’s moon, the Moon.
The Moon, which originally consisted of a huge magma ocean, was 16 times closer to Earth than it is today. As the moon cooled, it retreated and thousands of miles away from our planet. A new animation reveals the Moon’s journey in unprecedented clarity.
The video’s creator, James O’Donoghue, works as a planetary scientist at the Japan Space Research Agency (JAXA). O’Donoghue said that he wanted to create an accurate perspective on the birth of the Moon and created an animation of the distance the Moon has traveled for 4.5 billion years.
The 28-second animation starts with the current position of the Moon and follows the rate of retreat over time, returning to its birth. O’Donoghue says he has recently made such scientific animations. Animations, a short and effective description of the information that is trying to transfer the scientist stating, will continue to sign similar studies, he said.
You can watch the animation showing the moon’s 4.5 billion year journey below: