NASA Just Confirmed That Earth Has A New “Mini-Moon”
NASA findings show that there is a quasi-moon that's been orbiting the Earth for almost a century.
One is the loneliest number, especially if you’re a moon circling the Earth (Earth is rather far away, after all). But just as you are about to lose hope and accept your solitary fate, NASA announces there could be a new ‘mini-moon’ come to keep you company.
Sure, it is smaller than you and goes around the Earth amazingly irregularly, but still, two of anything is (usually) always better than one.
It turns out that the second “moon” is asteroid 2016 HO3, and it is currently locked into “a little dance” with Earth, and it has been dancing for a century. The rock’s orbit is highly elliptical, causing it to go a wee bit off tangent—between 38 and 100 times the distance of our planet’s primary moon—and bob up and down across Earth’s orbital plane.
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