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A wacky moon theory!

Yet another theory of how Earth’s moon was created.

mim Armand
5 min readMay 5, 2023

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TLDR;

Earth’s wobble could have played a role in the Moon’s formation through an intense Dzhanibekov effect. This idea, though unconventional, can be tested and explored further.
Imagine the early Earth, partially molten, unbalanced, and unstable, experiencing a dramatic Dzhanibekov correction effect. This intense event causes a massive chunk to break off, forming the smaller celestial body we now call the Moon. Although this isn’t an official scientific theory, it’s an intriguing idea based on a blend of scientific facts and imagination.

How?

There might have been a significant impact between two celestial bodies early on, on Earth, but that did not create the moon directly. It just created an unbalanced and extremely wobbly earth.

When the spinning Earth underwent a powerful Dzhanibekov flip, it ejected a large portion of itself. This separation might resemble the behavior of floating liquids that form specific sizes when exposed to vibration.
You might think the intense gravity of the Earth would prevent such a mechanism, but the truth is that it all boils down to the energy; considering a massive Dzhanibekob event, moving Earth at extreme speeds, it’s not impossible to see such an outcome.

The gravitational potential formula between the Earth and the moon is
𝐸𝑝=−𝐺𝑀1*𝑀2/𝐷 ( where D is the distance, M: Mass, G: the gravitational constant ), and based on the current distance between the two and a back of napkin math, the wobbling earth would need to accelerate a huge chunk of mass to about 10–15 Km/sec to make it escape the gravitational pull of the earth and start orbiting the moon at its current orbit; which is much larger than the Earth’s current speed of about half a kilometer per second at the equator.
But early Earth is believed to have spun much faster ( estimated at about 3km/s ), and the acceleration amount during the transition time of a Dzhanibekob event is non-linear, meaning it can reach much higher speeds than the original rotational speed around the secondary axis of rotation, essentially acting like a giant slingshot, flinging a…

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mim Armand

Sr Solutions Architect / Technology evangelist and Consultant / Teacher of the Full-Stack Web development courses at Washington University in st. Louis