Fr.: impacteur de Chicxulub
An object having an estimated mass between 1.0 × 1015 and 4.6 × 1017 kg, which struck the Earth at the → Cretaceous-Tertiary event about 65 million years ago. It was probably an → asteroid 10 km in diameter with a velocity of roughly 20 km per sec at an angle of just under 60°. The collision created the → Chicxulub crater. The event was responsible for eliminating approximately 70 percent of all species of animals at or very close to the boundary between the Cretaceous and Paleogene periods.
giant impact hypothesis
engâre-ye barxord-e qulâsâ
Fr.: hypothèse de l'impact géant
A model for → Moon formation (initially put forward by
Hartmann and Davis, 1975,
Icarus 24, 504), according to which the → proto-Earth
suffered a collision with another → protoplanet
near the end of the → accretion process
that ejected material into a → circumterrestrial
disk, out of which the Moon formed. Also called
→ canonical model.
The giant impact hypothesis is the leading theory for lunar formation.
There are, however, some key observations that cannot be explained using this
model. First, the Moon is a large fraction of the mass of Earth (~ 1%) and it is
difficult to get enough mass into orbit to form such a massive Moon.
Second, the Moon has a similar bulk composition to the Earth, but
it is missing large amounts of more
→ volatile elements. The model does not properly
explain Moon's distinctive composition.
Finally, Earth and the Moon share virtually the same
→ isotopic ratios.
It is therefore expected that the body that hit the
Earth, often called → Theia,
would have had a different isotopic
ratio than the proto-Earth. In the canonical model, most of
the mass of the Moon comes from Theia and so the Moon should have a
different isotopic fingerprint than Earth, but it does not.
The type of impact that formed the Moon in the canonical model is
dictated by a very strong constraint, the → angular momentum
of the Earth-Moon system. It is
assumed that the angular momentum of the Earth-Moon system
immediately after the Moon formed was the same as it is today. This
assumption limits the velocity of the impact, the mass of the
impacting bodies, and the angle at which the two bodies
collided. It was found that only a grazing impact with a Mars-mass
impactor at near the escape velocity can put enough mass into orbit
to potentially form a lunar-mass Moon. This is why the canonical
model is such a specific type of impact.
However, the angular momentum of the Earth-Moon system could
have been reduced over time by competition between the
gravitational pull of Earth, the Moon and the Sun. Therefore,
the Moon-forming collision could have been much more energetic than
the canonical impact.
Fr.: impact, collision
A collision between two bodies. In the case of solar system objects, when one is much smaller than the other (like a meteoroid colliding with the Earth), a crater may be produced on the larger body.
From L. impactus, p.p. of impingere "to drive into, strike against," from → in- "in" + pangere "to fix, fasten."
Barxord, verbal noun of barxordan "to collide, clash, dash against each other," from bar- "on, upon, up" (Mid.Pers. abar; O.Pers. upariy "above; over, upon, according to;" Av. upairi "above, over," upairi.zəma- "located above the earth;" cf. Gk. hyper- "over, above;" L. super-; O.H.G. ubir "over;" PIE base *uper "over") + xordan "to hit, strike," originally "to eat, drink, devour," and by extension "to destroy," from Mid.Pers. xvardan "to eat, enjoy (food)," Av. xvar- "to consume, eat;" Laki dialect hovârden "to eat;" Proto-Iranian *huar- "to consume, eat."
Fr.: cratère d'impact
A depression produced by the collision of a meteorite, asteroid, or comet with the surface of a planet or a satellite. Impact craters are the most characteristic surface features of solar system rigid bodies. They range in size up to hundreds or thousands of kilometers (where the impacts create giant basins as on the Moon, Mars, and Mercury).
Fr.: érosion par impact
An → atmospheric escape mechanism that occurs where atmospheric gases are expelled en masse as a result of large body impacts, such as the cumulative effect of asteroids hits (see, e.g., Catling, D. C. and Kasting, J. F., 2017, Escape of Atmospheres to Space, pp. 129-167. Cambridge University Press).
Fr.: impact cosmique
A collision between two celestial objects, specially solar system bodies, with considerable consequences. Impact events involve release of large amounts of energy. Some examples are the 1908 Siberian → Tunguska event by a → comet, the → Barringer Crater, and the collision of an → asteroid with Earth 65 million years ago, which is thought to have led to the extinction of the dinosaurs and other species of the → Cretaceous-Paleogene period.
Fr.: risque d'impact
The danger of collision with Earth posed by solar system small bodies that pass near our planet. These objects include → near-Earth asteroids and nuclei of → comets. See also: → near-Earth object, → impact crater, → Torino scale, → Palermo scale, → Space Situational Awareness.
Fr.: ionisation par collision
The loss of orbital electrons by an atom of a crystal lattice which has undergone a high-energy collision.
Fr.: paramètre d'impact
1) A measure of the distance by which a collision fails being frontal.
Fr.: hiver par impact
The enormous drop in temperature and the related effects of the shrouding of Earth with soot and dust particles after the planet is struck by a sizable comet or asteroid. Such a phenomenon is believed to have killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
A general term used for all rocks affected by, or produced by, the → shock waves and other processes generated by hypervelocity → meteorite → impact events. Impactites occur in and around the → impact crater, typically as individual bodies composed of mixtures of melt and rock fragments, often with traces of meteoritic material.
A natural impacting body, such as a comet, asteroid, or planet. It can also be a space probe designed to collide with an astronomical body in the solar system.
Impactor, from → impact + -or a suffix forming agent nouns.
Barxordgar, from barxord, → impact, + -gar agent suffix, from kar-, kardan "to do, to make" (Mid.Pers. kardan, O.Pers./Av. kar- "to do, make, build," Av. kərənaoiti "makes," cf. Skt. kr- "to do, to make," krnoti "makes," karma "act, deed;" PIE base kwer- "to do, to make").
Fr.: impact météoritique
A striking of a meteorite against another body, especially the solar system planets or satellites.