Duration: 22 minutes
Language: English (US & UK versions available), English (UK & US), Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Russian, Chinese, Korean
Technical data: resolution up to 4K, audio 5.1 available
Audience: general audience
Just as detectives look for traces of evidence to solve a mystery, astronomers analyze the evidence that points to the formation of the Sun and planets. In particular, they study the influence that impacts and collisions had on the worlds of the solar system. The most dramatic evidence for this collisional history of solar system evolution are the impact craters found on almost all the bodies in the solar system, including Earth. These surface scars tell us the formation history of planets, moons, and rings was violent. Yet today, we live in a relatively stable solar system, made possible by the shattering collisions that shaped our worlds.