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‘Geologic clock’ helps determine moon’s age

Moon formed nearly 100 million years

An international team of planetary scientists determined that the Moon formed nearly 100 million years after the start of the solar system, according to a paper to be published April 3 in Nature. This conclusion is based on measurements from the interior of  Earth combined with computer simulations of the ...

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Water Discovered in Remnants of Extrasolar Rocky World Orbiting White Dwarf

Water Discovered in Remnants of Extrasolar Rocky World Orbiting White Dwarf

Astrophysicists have found the first evidence of a water-rich rocky planetary body outside our solar system in its shattered remains orbiting a white dwarf. A new study by scientists at the Universities of Warwick and Cambridge published in the journal Science analyzed the dust and debris surrounding the white dwarf ...

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Researchers Propose New Theory to Explain Seeds of Life in Asteroids

Researchers Propose New Theory to Explain Seeds of Life in Asteroids

A new look at the early solar system introduces an alternative to a long-taught, but largely discredited, theory that seeks to explain how biomolecules were once able to form inside of asteroids. In place of the outdated theory, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute propose a new theory — based on ...

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