June 17

Earth’s New Moon!!!

Earth’s Has A New Friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Earth has a new constant companion. NASA explains this:

A small asteroid has been discovered in orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth. It will remain there for centuries to come.

As it orbits the sun, this new asteroid, appears to circle around Earth as well. It is too distant to be considered a true satellite of our planet (a Moon), but it is the best and most stable example to date of a near-Earth companion.

“Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventured very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth,” said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion LaboratoryImage result for earth's new moon in Pasadena, California.

2016 HO3 is the name of the asteroid and a quasi-satellite is something resembling a satellite.

I think that it is really cool that an asteroid has been part of Earth’s atmosphere for 100 or more years but was only discovered in 2016.

NASA Website


Posted June 17, 2017 by Jade.C in category Uncategorized

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