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Astronomers Just Confirmed That Earth Has Two Moons (+Video)

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Astronomers Just Confirmed That Earth Has Two Moons

At the 49th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting in Provo, Utah, astronomers led by Vishnu Reddy at the University of Arizona confirm true nature of one of Earth’s companions on its journey around the sun.  

Was it a burned-out rocket booster, tumbling along a peculiar near-earth orbit around the sun, and only occasionally getting close enough to be studied with even the largest telescopes?

Not at all, as it turns out. While, based on previous observations, most astronomers had strongly suspected that object (469219) 2016 HO3 was an ordinary asteroid and not space junk, it took a team of astronomers led by Vishnu Reddy, assistant professor at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, working with one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), on Mt. Graham in Southeastern Arizona, to learn the true nature of this near-Earth object.

2016 HO3 is a small near-Earth object (NEO) measuring no more than 100 meters (330 feet) across that, while orbiting the Sun, also appears to circle around the Earth as a “quasi-satellite.” Only five quasi-satellites have been discovered so far, but 2016 HO3 is the most stable of them. The provenance of this object is unknown. On timescales of a few centuries, 2016 HO3 remains within 38-100 lunar distances from us. 

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Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-10-earth-buddy-asteroid-space-junk.html

Clips, images credit: LBTO & NASA/JPL

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library



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    • unidentified

      that’s not news either

    • 2QIK4U

      Isn’t new news. It’s been there for ages

    • K¡llúḿ¡ńàṫ¡✝☪ ॐ ﷲ ✡

      The International Space Station (ISS) pics of Two Moons :?: :razz:
      Lying is a huge issue for many people, Love money more than family. :wink:
      Nasa to tell us the worst lies they’ve told a potential mate to get more money. :idea:

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