Origin of Phobos and Deimos

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by Walter L. Wagner, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Walter L. Wagner Cosmic Truth Seeker Valued Senior Member

    Where did the two natural satellites of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, come from? For a long time, their shape suggested that they were asteroids captured by Mars. However, the shape and course of their orbits contradict this hypothesis. Two independent and complementary studies provide an answer to this question. One of these studies rules out the capture of asteroids, and shows that the only scenario compatible with the surface properties of Phobos and Deimos is that of a giant collision. In the second study, researchers used cutting-edge digital simulations to show how these satellites were able to form from the debris of a gigantic collision between Mars and a protoplanet one-third its size.

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