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We are looking at the aftermath of the collision between the Earth (right) and a Mars-sized protoplanet. The core of the impacting planet became merged with that of the Earth, while its crust - and a lot of the earth's own crust, blasted off in the impact - went into orbit. There, the material coalesced to form the Moon. Here, the Moon is almost fully formed, with only a few large bits left orbiting the Earth. NOTE: THIS IMAGE IS COPYRIGHT KINGFISHER ALTHOUGH MARK A. GARLICK IS THE ARTIST. IT HAS BEEN USED WITH PERMISSION.