The moon is 85 million years younger than previously thought

This visualization shows the moon being formed from a collision, which, according to a new study, happened more recently than scientists previously thought.

This visualization shows the moon being formed from a collision, which, according to a new study, happened more recently than scientists previously thought.  (Image credit: Ron Miller)

It turns out the moon is a little younger than scientists previously thought — about 85 million years younger, to be precise.

In a new study, researchers at the German Aerospace Center found out that, not only did the moon once have a massive, fiery magma ocean, but our rocky satellite also formed later than scientists previously expected. 

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