If two planets collided, what would happen?

  • 1 Replies
  • 2355 Views

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

*

Zach Rodriguez

  • Guest
If two planets collided, what would happen?
« on: 01/06/2008 11:15:55 »
Zach Rodriguez asked the Naked Scientists:

Hey Chris,

I was just wanted to ask a question. What if planets collided? Thank you,
   
Zach Rodriguez

What do you think?

*

Offline DoctorBeaver

  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • 12656
  • A stitch in time would have confused Einstein.
    • View Profile
If two planets collided, what would happen?
« Reply #1 on: 01/06/2008 11:18:53 »
That would depend very much on the mass of each planet and the angle of collision.

2 planets of equal mass colliding head on would probably cause both to break up. A glancing blow would probably not be so drastic.

It is hypothesised (with good reason) the the Moon is the result of a collision between the Earth and a Mars-sized planet.
Fledgling science site at http://www.sciencefile.org/SF/content/view/54/98/ needs members and original articles. If you can help, please join.