Secrets of the Moon: Craters turn out to be 200 million years older than previously thought

The Moon is a mysterious celestial body that has attracted the attention of scientists and the curious for decades. Studies of the Earth’s satellite continue to reveal its secrets, and one of the latest discoveries is related to the age of craters on the Moon. It turns out that these craters are older than we thought, by as much as 200 million years.

A recent study by a team of scientists from the University of California found that the craters on the moon originated much earlier than previously thought. The results of the study are published in the journal Nature Communications.

The scientists used data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to study craters on Earth’s satellite. They focused on craters formed by meteorite impacts, as these craters provide information about processes that have occurred on the Moon over billions of years.

Using a technique called “crater statistics,” the scientists were able to determine the age of the craters. They analyzed the number of small craters within larger craters and compared this to the number of small craters on other surfaces of the Moon where the age was already known.

It turned out that the craters on the Moon formed about 4.3 billion years ago, which is 200 million years earlier than previously thought. This means that these craters existed long before the first organisms appeared on Earth.

This discovery has important implications for understanding the history of our solar system and the processes on the Moon. The craters on the Moon witness the intense meteorite bombardment in the past that led to the formation of such a unique lunar surface.

In addition, the age of craters on the Moon can help scientists better understand the history of meteorite streams in the solar system. This could have significant implications for assessing the risk of Earth colliding with large asteroids and meteorites in the future.

It is interesting to note that the Moon continues to be an object of study. Missions such as Artemis are planned for launch in the coming years, which will allow scientists to study the Moon in even greater detail and expand our knowledge of it.

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