Moon gets younger age estimate

By Science News Staff, 12:37 PM April 2, 2014

Guest post by Christopher Crockett

The moon may have formed about 95 million years after the birth of the solar system, up to 70 million years later than some scientists previously predicted. That makes the moon about 4,470 million years old.

Researchers derived the later date by combining simulations of the early solar system with abundances of iron-loving elements in the Earth’s crust, which must have arrived after the collision that formed the moon.

The later date may provide astronomers with...

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