Simulation of the explosive origin of a planetary satellite

V. F. Anisichkin, E. R. Pruuel, I. A. Rubtsov

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Explosion in the planetary interior and the ejection of the part of outer layers of the planet into orbit to form a satellite makes it possible to explain the elemental and isotopic composition of the Moon. Satellite formation has been simulated for a two-dimensional geometry using molecular dynamics methods for up to hundreds of thousands particles. The particles are asteroid-size bodies (diameter of about 100 km) which interact with each other according to Newton's law. The properties of the compact material are described by a short-range potential. A number of calculations with varying initial conditions have shown the scenario of the explosive origin of the Moon to be realistic and preferred over other hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012058
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2019
Event33rd International Conference on Equations of State for Matter, ELBRUS 2018 - Elbrus, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Federation
Duration: 1 Mar 20186 Mar 2018


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