Astronomers Discover a Tiny New Temporary Moon for the Earth #SpaceSaturday
Is there a case where we find something that is an alien spacecraft and we freak out and say “Holy moly! It’s an alien spacecraft!” Astronomers have discovered a car-sized object orbiting the Earth. Elon Musk has confirmed that it’s not another one of his cars. What could it possibly be? The Earth has more than 21,000 object larger than a cubic centimeter in orbit. There’s a new one. What is it?
Astronomers are increasingly interested in Near-Earth Objects, or NEOs. There are ongoing efforts to find them all and catalog them all, and to find out which ones might pose a collision threat. Now some astronomers with the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey have found a new, tiny, temporary moon for Earth.
On February 15th, astronomers Teddy Pruyne and Kacper Wierzchos, with the Catalina Sky Survey, spotted a tiny, dim object moving through the sky. Multiple other astronomers at six observatories around the world confirmed the discovery. What was it?
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