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Solar system older than estimated

Meteorite age suggests planets began to form earlier than thought

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12:53pm, August 23, 2010

The solar system may be almost 2 million years older than previously thought, a new study shows.

Data from a newly studied meteorite recovered from the Saharan Desert show that the solar system formed 4,568.2 million years ago, 0.3 million to 1.9 million years earlier than other estimates. The results were published online August 22 in Nature Geoscience.

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