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By Karen Nikos-Rose on September 17, 2018

We look up at the moon every night, but did you ever wonder how it got there?

There is a new theory to explain how the moon got where it is in our solar system.

In a paper published in the journal a high-energy collision left a mass of vaporized and molten material from which the Earth and moon formed.

Over a few tens of million years, the moon continued to slowly move away from Earth until it reached a second transition point, the Cassini transition, at which point the inclination of the moon — the angle between the moon’s orbit and the ecliptic — dropped to about 5 degrees, putting the moon more or less in its current orbit.

Here's a video that shows how UC Davis studies the planets.

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