NASA Just Confirmed That Earth Has A New Moon

One is the loneliest number, especially when you are a single moon circling the planet full of humans. But let’s not lose hope here because NASA just announced that there might be a second moon come to keep you company. This newly discovered moon is smaller than our moon and goes around the Earth astonishingly irregularly, but still, two is quite better than one. This second “moon,” is actually an asteroid called 2016 HO3 and it is currently locked into “a little dance” with Earth. It's being called as "Quasi-Moon".


This new moon has been dancing around for over a century now. Its orbit is extremely elliptical, affecting it to go a wee bit off tangent—between 38 and 100 times the distance of Earth’s primary moon—and bob up and down across Earth’s orbital plane. This new moon is tilted by about 8° and it orbits the Sun for 365.93 days, which is a little longer than Earth’s 365.24 day-long year. 


NASA said: 
“Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth”

Since it’s tilted and has an elliptical orbit, sometimes it is
quite closer to the Sun and moving a little faster than Earth. Other times, it is a little bit farther out and moving a bit more slowly, however it never gets any closer than about 14 million kilometers from Planet Earth or farther than about 40 million kilometers.


According to NASA, it’s larger than 36.5 meters across, but no more than 91 meters wide, and will circle earth for many more centuries to come.

2016 HO3 was first discovered by astronomers in April 27 with the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope located in Haleakala, Hawaii.
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24 comments:

  1. Actually, all these moons, suns, planets, stars, etc. are documented quite clearly in the original history book on how they formed and that explains how all these things are exactly where they are supposed to be. That book is the Bible.

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    1. Yes, in the bronze age, when there was no science, and people thought the earth was flat.

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    2. They still think the earth is flat (the bible thumpers).

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    3. the bible isn't a history book, if anything it's a medical text on the study of psychopathy, narcissism, and schizophrenia.

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    4. Where oh where in the bible did it say one single thing about our 2nd moon? Moron. Keep your church crap at church.

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    5. My thoughts exactly! Everything you need to know about the sun, stars, and the moon is in the book of Genesis in the Holy Bible!

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    6. *Face Palm*

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    7. Yes, the same book that speaks of unicorns (Numbers 23:22 & Psalm 93:10 among others), encourages genocide ...including killing babies, and slavery. Oh yeah, and mentions NONE of the planets, though perhaps it's an advanced enough book to have noticed the existence of the sun and moon.

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    8. Wrong. Thanks for playing.

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    9. Ah yes, the Bible, the book with the talking animals.

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    10. The Dogon's knew far more about astronomy than the hebrew's bible ever had in it.

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    11. Bible thumpers are so completely out of touch witth reality. Its sad actually

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    12. Screw the damn bible. It is a freaking story book like Cinderella, that all it is. I hate trolls using religion or politics with a story that has NO relation stupidity.

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    13. You and your family should be ashamed of yourself. You are a disgrace to the human brain.

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  2. I would name the new moon Ziggy Stardust..David Bowie would be proud of his Space achievement as the orbiting moons' second sphere!

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  3. I wonder if it's artificial like our other one?
    "Waiting for the Hollow Moon"
    http://waitingforthehollowmoon.blogspot.com/

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    1. Moon pinata! Who's got a stick?

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  4. I wouldn't call a crooked & misplaced asteroid caught in earth's gravity a moon. That's like calling a satellite a man-made moon.

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  5. A gentleman called Billy myer supposedly has images of the earth with the moon in front, the photo taken from a second moon. Check it out people.

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