The Moon Isn’t Really Shaped Like a Circle (Video)

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Aug. 1 2014 11:37 AM

Goodnight Lemon

The moon isn’t shaped how you think it is.

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This photo taken early on August 17, 2008 in Skopje shows the earth's shadow falling on the moon during a lunar eclipse. Europe, Northern Asia, the Middlle East, and northern America witnessed a partial eclipse of the moon in the early hours of August 17. AFP PHOTO/ROBERT ATANASOVSKI (Photo credit should read ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

ROBERT ATANASOVSKI

Since the moon was likely formed after a Mars-sized object slammed into Earth, sending hot rock into space, researchers believe Earth’s gravity pulled on the moon’s crust as it cooled and settled.

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