This is how the primordial Earth looked — right after the mega-collision that formed the Moon

This stunning, lava-saturated painting by science artist Richard Bizley is a portrait of one of the most devastating disasters ever to befall planet Earth (click to enlarge). During the early days of our solar system, astronomers speculate that a protoplanet about the size of Mars smashed into the Earth, launching so… » 1/09/13 5:00pm 1/09/13 5:00pm