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    Moon Age Estimate Possibly Off by 100 Million Years

    Geo Beats

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    New research points to the possibility that the moon is 100 million years younger than anybody thought.

    New research points to the possibility that the moon is 100 million years younger than anybody thought.

    Current wisdom holds that the moon was formed following a massive collision between Earth and a mysterious planet.

    That event is said to have occurred 4.56 billion years ago.

    After taking a closer look at some lunar rocks using newer, more accurate equipment, a group of scientists now believe that moon came into being more like 4.45 billion years ago.

    According to one of the researchers, planet and satellite dating is tough as many of the reliable, telltale signs of age are covered up by the formation itself.

    Becoming a moon or a planet can take millions of years, and the process is a violent one involving lots of collisions and heat strong enough to melt iron.

    Often times whatever age-determining evidence survives is buried deep, and available technology isn’t always up to the task of finding it.

    As technology marches ahead, so do other sciences.

    Now, the researchers are left to grapple with what the moon’s age change means for the creation theories of Earth itself.