Radioactive Dating of Meteorites

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Essential information

Key stage: 
Post-16
Resource type: 
Classroom activity
Location: 
Royal Observatory
School subject: 
Astronomy, Maths, Science

Students calculate the age of a meteorite by looking at the half life of one of its elements - rubidium. Accompanies the video 'How do we know how old the Sun is?'.