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  • Earth's two moons? It's not lunacy, but new theory

    In a spectacle that might have beguiled poets, lovers and songwriters if only they had been around to see it, Earth once had two moons, astronomers now think. But the smaller one smashed into the other in what is being called the "big splat."

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This artist's rendering shows a simulation of a collision between the moon and a companion moon about 4 billion years ago. Earth once had a second moon until it made the fatal mistake of smacking the moon in what some are calling the "big splat," astronomers now theorize.

    Did moon the swallow its sister in 'big splat'?

    In a spectacle that might have beguiled poets, lovers and songwriters if only they had been around to see it, Earth once had two moons, astronomers now think. But the smaller one smashed into the other in what is being called the "big splat."

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