For those of you who enjoyed the Cosmic Calendar posts in December (here and here), I must apologize for the dearth of them so far this year. Not much happens before December, but I did miss announcing the formation of the Milky Way galaxy back on April 6th (10.1 billion years ago).
Next up … birth of the Earth.
 The Wikipedia article on the Formation and evolution of the Solar System reports the cloud from which it formed starting to collapse about 4.6 billion years ago. That’s also where I got the pretty picture, which is a public-domain depiction courtesy of NASA.
 The Natural History Museum reports an age of 4.5 billion years – slightly different (two days later in the Cosmic calendar). As the formation of the solar system probably took some time, any specific moment chosen as its “formation date” (birthday?) will be somewhat arbitrary.