Earth had two moons that collided to form one: study

two moons

This diagram shows a simulation of four stages of a collision between the Moon and a companion moon.

There may have been a tiny second moon that had once orbited Earth before catastrophically slamming into the other one.  The clash of the two moons could explain why the two sides of the surviving lunar satellite are so different from each other, according to a new study.

 

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‘Doomsday’ Asteroid Could Crash Into Earth on April 13, 2036

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Russian scientists held a meeting 14 months ago to look at launching an operation to knock the Apophis asteroid off course

An asteroid travelling at 23,000mph could crash into Earth on April 13, 2036 killing millions and causing global chaos, scientists claim.  In a plot line taken straight from a science-fiction film, astronomers in Russia are predicting that the 300-yard-wide Apophis will slam into the planet in 25 years’ time.

 

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Amateur Astronomers Capture Collision on Jupiter

Jupiter collision

This image shows an amateur astronomer’s view of Jupiter Thursday June 3, 2010.

The stargazers witnessed the brilliant flash from the cosmic collision from sites in Australia and the Philippines on Friday.  Anthony Wesley, an Australian computer programmer, first noticed the collision in Jupiter’s cloud tops and notified other astronomers. (video)

Planets Could Collide With Earth As They Spin Out Of Control

Planets Could Collide With Earth As They Spin Out Of Control

Disruption of planetary oribits could lead to collision with Earth

The solar system’s clockwork motion is by no means guaranteed, for new computer simulations suggests a slight chance that a disruption of planetary orbits could lead to a collision of Earth with Mercury, Mars or Venus in future.

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Honda Element’s Dog Friendly Concept

Honda Element’s Dog Friendly Concept

2009 Honda Element Pet Friendly Vehicle 

We’re all suckers for our dogs and Honda’s no fool. Honda’s new concept for the Element, unveiled at the New York Auto Show today, upgrades the safety features and accoutrements for pets to the level of premier class. Just look at this luxury statement… for the dog, if not for you! (Pics)

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Wearable Motorcycle Design

Wearable Motorcycle Design

Much like an umbrella, this octopus like structure folds out of your hind quarters and lets you skim thru traffic

A motorcycle design student recently came up with a wearable motorcycle design that, while cool, is unlikely to see public adoption. The bike would be capable of doing 0 to 60 is just 3 seconds with a top speed of 75 miles-per-hour and would theoretically be controlled by 36 pneumatic muscles and 2 linear actuators. Collisions would be spectacular Humpty Dumpty exercises requiring more than all the king’s horses and all the kings men, but the design gets several thousand extra bonus points for coolness.  More photos after the jump.

 

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