Just looking for clues


How old is the Solar System? An interesting, but tricky question, I am sure you will agree. So what could you use to date the Solar System? It’s no good using rocks from Earth. They might be old, but they’re not old enough. The surface of the Earth is a dynamic environment and evidence of its earliest crust has long been lost. It turns out that meteorites are the key to understanding the age of the Solar System. Dating of some of the very earliest materials found in meteorites has given ages as old as 4,567 million years. I am sure you would agree that’s pretty old!

To find out more about meteorites and what they can tell us about the early Solar System there is a lot more information on this website. Just follow this link to find out more: EARLY SOLAR SYSTEM

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