Video: NASA finds that the earth has a new “mini moon”
Earth’s relationship with the moon is no longer a monogamous one. Scientists have identified a second, mini-moon orbiting our planet that has probably only been around for about 100 years, reports NASA.
Earth currently has two moons thanks to a small asteroid that has been orbiting the Earth for the last century.
2016 H03 is roughly 120-300 feet in diameter and was discovered on April 27 by NASA. 2016 H03 is not a classified as a natural moon because of it’s distance from the planet, instead they are calling it a “quasi-satellite.”
“Our calculations indicate 2016 HO3 has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to follow this pattern as Earth’s companion for centuries to come,” said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. 2016 H03 is not the first asteroid caught in Earths orbit.
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