An ancient collision
is to blame for all the "holes" on the dark side of the moon.
Scientists have long
suspected that lunar maria formed in the wake of a massive collision around 4.3 billion years ago.
According to a New Study.
A massive asteroid that slammed into the moon around 4.3 billion years ago wreaked havoc in the moon's mantle
This collision created
the South Pole–Aitken basin, a huge crater with a maximum width of around 1,600 miles and a maximum depth of 5.1 miles
More than 9,000
visible craters pockmark the moon, thanks to barrage of impacts from meteors, asteroids and comets over billions of years
These craters are not
evenly distributed across the lunar surface. The far side of the moon has a considerably higher concentration of craters than the visible nearside.